[spectre] New podcast: Baba John Mason talks about the struggle of the Yoruba people and resistance

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Thu Mar 23 17:00:32 CET 2017

*New podcast: *Baba John Mason talks about the Yoruba people, their
diaspora, culture and resistance

Link: http://rwm.macba.cat/en/sonia/john-mason/capsula

*John Mason <http://rwm.macba.cat/en/sonia/john-mason/capsula> *is a
researcher, educator, editor, writer, composer, jazz musician,
photographer, and Yoruba priest of Obatala, among many other things. In
1973, after graduating from City Collage in New York, he co-founded the
Yoruba Theological Archministry, a research centre in Brooklyn dedicated to
the study of Yoruba religion and culture. His many publications and
research projects into the diaspora of the Yoruba people from West Africa
to the Americas have made him one of the foremost authorities on the

Mason opens the doors to Yoruba culture, whose system of beliefs, rituals,
and transmitted knowledge was a bond of union, identity and resistance for
the African population in America. In spite of the debilitating effects of
slavery, Africans managed to put down roots in Haiti, Trinidad, Brazil,
Cuba, the Dominican Republic, and Puerto Rico. Baba John Mason's studies
also revolve around the philosophy of Orisha, a syncretic religion based on
inclusion and recognition of difference.

SON[I]A talks to John Mason about the power of rituals and knowledge as the
impetus for resistance, identity, and memory, about the cultural transfers
that take place in migratory movements, and about the history of the Yoruba
people. In this podcast, Mason also defends the untold story of the role of
women as inventors, and highlights the political, social and economic
impact of certain spaces occupied by women, such as agriculture and
education, as well pediatrics, geriatrics and affects.

*00:00* A new way to talk, a new way to think, a new way to signal
*02:24* Introduction
*04:00* The Yoruba: diaspora, culture and resistance
*10:24* Food and taste as a way of identifying ourselves
*12:26* Yoruba: Ilé-Ife, the house that spreads, the house that expands.
*14:43* The Yoruba: from a subsistence culture to a surplus culture
*18:36* Orisha: energy can neither be created, nor destroyed
*22:43* Orisha: syncretism, inclusion and recognition of difference
*29:17* Migrations and cultural transfers
*30:23* A technology of monsterhood
*34:46* Culture is viral. Culture is always changing
*39:00* 'In Praise of Our Mothers', a collection of leftovers
*41:51* Female power through history

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