The history of people finding Australia goes a little something like this: Aboriginal Australians separated from a migration out of Africa into Asia about 70,000 years
, and Australian archaeological sites have proof of humans going back 50,000 years
. Jump ahead to 1606, when there were two European voyages that made landfall and charted portions of Australia. First was Willem Janszoon's voyage in late February or early March of that year
, and then Luís Vaz de Torres came a few months later
. Abel Jansen Tasman
was the first European to come across Tasmania, and between 1642 and 1646, his crew charted the Australian coast, more or less
(Google auto-translation, original page
). Then of course, there was James Cook's 1770 voyage
. With all these dates in mind, how did five copper coins from an African sultanate
that collapsed in the early 1500s
(Google books) end up on an uninhabited island in the Northern Territory
of present-day Australia? [more inside]
posted by filthy light thief
on May 28, 2013 -
- In Search Of Lost Time - is a streaming mix of beautiful 78s from around the world, collected and curated by Ian Nagoski. "I started sifting through boxes of junky old 78s that no one else wanted about 15 years ago, and almost right away, I made a rule: Anything that wasn't in English, buy it." [more inside]
posted by carter
on Jan 29, 2012 -
A Glimpse of the World
All across Africa, new tracks are being laid, highways built, ports deepened, commercial contracts signed
-- all on an unprecedented scale, and led by China, whose appetite for commodities
. Do China's grand designs promise the transformation, at last, of a star-crossed continent? Or merely its exploitation? The author
travels deep into the heart of Africa, searching for answers. [more inside]
posted by kliuless
on Apr 26, 2010 -
Human fat was supposed to alleviate rheumatism and arthritis, while a paste made from corpses was believed to help against contusions.... For some Protestants,... , it served as a sort of substitute for the Eucharist, or the tasting of the body of Christ in Holy Communion. Some monks even cooked "a marmalade of sorts" from the blood of the dead.
. . . . The assumption was that all organisms have a predetermined life span. If a body died in an unnatural way, the remainder of that person's life could be harvested, as it were -- hence the preference for the executed.... In 1492, when Pope Innocent VIII was on his deathbed, his doctors bled three boys and had the pope drink their blood. The boys died, and so did the pope.
When we read about Burundians
and Tanzanians murdering albinos
to make "medicine" of their victims, we should not forget that European Medical Cannabalism
was an accepted practice as late as the 18th Century.
posted by orthogonality
on Feb 1, 2009 -
The LiveJournal community A Day In My Life
is a glimpse via photos into a life of posters around the world. Compare and contrast the routines and pastimes, more is similar than different.
But posts by a volunteer at a center for the blind in Tanzania show something far more enriching.
His photos document an average day in the life of two of the village's seven-year-olds: a boy, Barracka
and a girl, Nyemo
posted by five_dollars
on Dec 23, 2008 -
In 1962, in a mission-run girls' boarding school in Kashasha, Tanzania, a student started laughing uncontrollably. Her laughter spread throughout the school, and the girls grew violent when teachers tried to calm them. Administration closed the school, sent some girls home, and the "epidemic of laughing and crying
" spread to villages up and down the Bukoba district. [more inside]
posted by lauranesson
on Feb 22, 2008 -
Totally rad Frontline video
about Hero Rats
who sniff out unexploded land mines in rural Tanzania. Not only a great idea, but this story had me on the edge of my seat: are the rats on a suicide mission or not?
posted by dydecker
on Jun 29, 2007 -
Tanzania 9th most corrupt country
, of course the word here is that they bribed transparency international to place them above kenya.......
according to the director "HIV AIDS is killing millions of Africans, and in many of the countries where AIDS is at its deadliest the problem is compounded by the fact that corruption levels are seen to be very high. While it is imperative that richer countries provide the fruits of medical research at an affordable price to address this human tragedy, it is also essential that corrupt governments do not steal from their own people. This is now an urgent priority if lives are to be saved."
don't help either. what this story does not say is that 4,000 girls will be circumsised at this ceremony and the govt/police won't interfere.
posted by quarsan
on Jul 16, 2001 -
- I lived in this small community under Tanzania's Rift Valley for two years. After talks with village leaders, we started to build the site. I'm about to return to the village to develop it further.
There's precious little written by Africans on the net and this seems to be the only site by a rural African community. Have you any thoughts or advice for me?
posted by quarsan
on Apr 3, 2001 -