Sak Yant or Yantra Tattooing are believed to give the wearer magic powers associated with healing, luck, strength, and protection against evil.
You can get these here in thailand by a monk, they look beautiful but I’d never recommend it. Essentially, you’re making a pact with a spirit to protect you in exchange for sacrificing an activity or habit you may have previously enjoyed (the monk decides what this is, not you). These tattoos are contracts.
Breaking your side of the bargain may encourage the spirit to ‘punish’ you, and these contracts are not easily voided.
And if Michael Brown was not angelic, I was practically demonic. I had my first drink when I was 11. I once brawled in the cafeteria after getting hit in the head with a steel trash can. In my junior year I failed five out of seven classes. By the time I graduated from high school, I had been arrested for assaulting a teacher and been kicked out of school (twice.) And yet no one who knew me thought I had the least bit of thug in me. That is because I also read a lot of books, loved my Commodore 64, and ghostwrote love notes for my friends. In other words, I was a human being. A large number of American teenagers live exactly like Michael Brown. Very few of them are shot in the head and left to bake on the pavement.
The “angelic” standard was not one created by the reporter. It was created by a society that cannot face itself, and thus must employ a dubious “morality” to hide its sins. It is reinforced by people who have embraced the notion of “twice as good” while avoiding the circumstances which gave that notion birth. Consider how easily living in a community “with rough patches” becomes part of a list of ostensible sins. Consider how easily “black-on-black crime” becomes not a marker of a shameful legacy of segregation but a moral failing."
— Ta-Nehisi Coates, being amazing. (via politicalprof)
I don’t understand how my country still has diplomatic ties with Saudi Arabia when the latter has repeatedly shown that it has no regard for non-Arabs; especially Africans. Not a year goes by without a number of Kenyans being reportedly killed by their employers, and not a single case has been taken up with the Saudi Administration, and the killers brought to book.
Unfortunately, the Kenyans who take up jobs in Saudi Arabia and end up suffering enslavement do so due to poverty, and ignorance. Hence the need for the Foreign Affairs Office of Kenya to take it up for them when Saudi Arabians cross the line and treat their employees inhumanely. Yet, instead of doing that, there’s always rhetoric that they have warned, and asked, and pressed the Saudi government to prosecute the killers, and brutes. That leads nowhere because Saudis don’t see Africans as people. No matter how many times Foreign Affairs Office is told to close the Kenyan embassy in Saudi Arabia, evacuate all Kenyans, and cease diplomatic ties, it keeps playing with this country.
It is all so frustrating.
excuse me u have a lion in ur house
excuse me there is a lion chewing on your childs head that’s not a good thing
where can i buy these dogs
it’s been a year and people still be messaging me saying these aren’t dogs
Not surprised it’s a white family. In South Africa, they keep lions and leo.s as pets, until the feline plays too hard with them aka thumps them with a paw or scratches them, and then they are released into a pseudo-wild environment.
Africans don’t even try it. Love them from afar, but never take them home.
How selfish to domesticate them, it’s so dangerous to let them back into the wild once they’re domesticated, *sigh*
— Greta de Jong, Invisible Enemy: The African American Freedom Struggle after 1965, 2010, pg. 15 (via knowledgeequalsblackpower)
"Do you remember the proudest you’ve ever felt of your daughter?"
"At church one Sunday, the preacher was giving a sermon about nonviolence. Afterwards we were walking home, and she saw another child getting hit by her mother. She tugged on my sleeve, and said: ‘Mom, the preacher said not to do that.’"
Mafikizolo’s Nhlanhla Nciza for FORBES WOMAN AFRICA August-September 2014
Photos Credit: Neo Ntsoma