How Babemba Tribe Forgives
--by brighteyes, posted Sep 26, 2007
In the Babemba tribe of South Africa, when a person acts irresponsibly or unjustly, he is placed in the centre of the village, alone and unfettered. All work ceases, and every man, woman, and child in the village gathers in a large circle around the accused individual.
Then each person in the tribe speaks to the accused, one at a time, each recalling the good things the person in the centre of the circle has done in his lifetime. Every incident, every experience that can be recalled with any detail and accuracy, is recounted. All his positive attributes, good deeds, strengths, and kindnesses are recited carefully and at length. This tribal ceremony often lasts for several days.
At the end, the tribal circle is broken, a joyous celebration takes place, and the person is symbolically and literally welcomed back into the tribe.
It's good to see the information brought to a wider audience, and the concept is remarkable, but the source should be acknowledged.
- Mark Twain
Life at best is a struggle, and at worst is barely worth living.
And that's just the REAL world. So, Enjoy it today, for there
is no telling what tomorrow may bring.
So, Let's learn to forgive . . . .