Indigeneity, Race, and Critical Spiritual Literacy in the African Diaspora
Chapter 5. “They’re not always right but they’re older”: The Polemics and Paradoxes of Seniority in Yoruba (Indigenous) Culture
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“THEY’RE NOT ALWAYS RIGHT BUT THEY’RE OLDER”
The Polemics and Paradoxes of Seniority in Yoruba (Indigenous) Culture
Could it be that Africa yet awaits discovery? This time, however, in the profound, not the geographical, sense, which makes no sense at all as a claim on any inhabited space. A continent yet waiting to be truly discovered—that is, virtually excavated, all magic and reality, myth and history, warts and beauty marks, as a proposition of universal challenge to facile preconceptions. And the first line of explorers should be—who else?—the indigenes themselves, astonished at what they had always taken for granted, or overlooked … It is important to begin here, since the “discovery” that we urge must be primarily that of self, Africa being obviously in existence first and foremost for Africans before all others
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