Friday, 18 November 2016

African Tribespeople

A number of videos have been posted to YouTube lately that consist of short films taken in rural Africa within communities which still practice traditional lifestyles. These videos are quickly removed from YouTube, usually within hours or days. For this reason I won't bother posting any links. However more keep reappearing so if you search for "African tribes" you'll probably find a few. The reason YouTube remove these uploads is because they "breach community guidelines" relating to scenes of nudity. The people filmed live in a very different culture to that of my own country, Britain, and much of the rest of the world. The most obvious deviation is that they wear little or no clothes. No doubt the people who post them to YouTube do so for their erotic value, perhaps understandably. However for the people in the videos there is nothing extraordinary or lewd about walking around naked. They live in a climate that is never cold and they have dark negroid skin to protect them from sunburn. Perhaps the taboo against nudity that exists in Europe comes from the fact that in many cases clothing is necessary for survival. A naked human outdoors on many days in Britain, let along further north, would die of hypothermia. Because the weather is always warm in central Africa the people do not have that taboo. Nevertheless they pay a lot of attention to their appearance, especially the women. They wear elaborate jewellery; bangles, beads and ribbons. They braid their hair and paint their skin white, blue, purple, red and many other colours. They also have odd piercing and other forms of body modification, such as inserting a clay disc beneath their lower lip and stretching it out until it is many inches across. To me this looks unsightly. I wonder if it's comfortable and it must impede their speech; but in their eyes they're very pretty. An interesting feature of their demeanour is that they seem very jubilant. In almost all these videos they are engaging in dancing, singing and beating drums, sometimes in elaborate formations that indicate a kind of ritual to celebrate something. Even going about their daily lives they seem ebullient and lively. They laugh constantly while they're talking. Another thing I noticed is that they're obviously healthy and well fed. I didn't see anybody who appeared disabled, sick or malnourished. Whenever they smile, which is most of the time, you can see that they usually have a full set of strong teeth. They live an austere life compared to our own. They have no electricity and all the luxuries that come with that. No running water, no machinery. They live in huts made of tree branches and dried mud. They make basic tools of wood and stone. They don't go to church and follow a shamanic religion. Yet they appear far more jovial than most people I know in England. They clearly enjoy life. These are certainly not the people I see on the news starving to death in UN camps or jumping into ramshackle boats to cross the Mediterranean Sea to Europe. I don't think these people would ever become immigrants because the life they have already suits them perfectly. The irony is that the Africans who are currently contributing to the refugee crisis are not those who practice the indigenous culture. They are the "modern Africans" who live in cities or labour on corporate farms and sweat shops. Their grandparents may have lived the old life, but over the years the globalist takeover has infected their society. Sadly fewer and fewer people live like those in the videos. If the urban Africans were left free to go back to the old ways they'd probably be much happier. I'm not suggesting that they should give up Western technology if they don't want to; but perhaps find a way to blend it to their local customs without displacing them. These videos have got me thinking, especially about how they relate to my interest in other unique human communities that are under threat, like St Helena.

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