Thursday, October 13, 2005

October 9th 6:00 AM, predawn I'm at Ocean Beach for the 10th Annual MAAFA commemoration ceremony. The MAAFA is a Kiswahili term for "Disaster" or "Terrible Occurrence". A term used to describe the Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade and the thousands of deaths it caused for profit. The MAAFA ceremony is a time to remember and honor our ancestors and to give strength, prayers and support to the living.

The MAAFA ceremony included drumming, poetry, prayer, song, dance, ancestor remembrance and the communal sharing of food. One of the more special moments for me is the laying of flowers at the Ocean a beautiful tribute our ancestors.

As the sun rose the morning blossomed into a beautiful day. The ocean waves large and magnificent seemed to give us approval. The people participating provide an energetic and positive energy I'm sure the ancestors our proud.


Father and Child

The MAAFA Dance

Flowers for the Ancestors


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