Tuesday, July 28, 2009

ethiopia and futurama


For more than a millennium, tribesman
still harvest the wild coffee berries.

Ethiopian Harrar: Spicy, fruity and wine like.

Ethiopian Yirgacheffe: Flowery fragrance


Over the weekend, I watched a program on the
travel channel, about a tribe in Ethiopia, who
built their own beehives, and showed how they
smoke the bees out to get to the honeycomb.

Also, it showed how they bury their dead.
To wrap the body, they climbed a tree
to chisel enough bark off to wrap the body.
The care they took in digging out the grave,
to covering the body with the bark, to the burying
of the body was very moving.

I didn't catch why at one time they used
the bark of trees for clothing, and now use
the leaves instead.

They also showed how they made
and decorated their pottery. I must say,
the end result was very beautiful.

After watching this program, I again
realized how complicated we have made
our lives, compared to others around
the world.

What you will hear:

Richard Brautigan speaking about coffee
Psyche Rock by Pierre Henry - 1967
Futurama Theme last clip (sound familiar?)


Celeste Maia said...

It has been a while since I came to your blog, and it is always interesting to read what is going on in your mind, your world. Yes, it is true, we complicate our lives too much. So how to uncomplicate?

ArtSparker said...

Technology is the the central weapon of conquest, which apparently we have now been bred to need to feel safe by eliminating many who were less anxious/aggressive.

mum said...

Ethiopian is one of my favorite coffees.

I'm not sure which of the Ethiopian clans this refers to. You might find more information in a book called Peripheral People (excerpts here


At one point in time, I worked in an African art gallery that carried Ethiopian barkcloth paintings. Bark seems to be a significant material in that culture.

(I like that b&w photo.)

best as always, cm.

mum said...

sorry, authors of the book are Dena Freeman and Alula Pankhurst.

Ténèbres à la lumière... said...

Hi! C.M.,
What a very informative post...as usual

C.M.,"After watching this program, I again
realized how complicated we have made our lives, compared to others around the world."

Hmmm...I try my best not to live a complicated life, but it's very difficult living in a society that
evolves around...finances, technology and driven by greed.
By the way, "nice quote"...
...I will check out What you will hear: On my way out of the door!
Take care!

Colette Amelia said...

indeed! and of course we who think we are so smart always think that those that seem to have lived within the boundaries of nature are backwards.

I have told you that I love your quotes haven't I? Another fantastic one in the comment box!

Coffee Messiah said...

celeste: I guess it all depends on the individual. I'm noticing that I'm making small changes all the time. It would be hard to go backwards, but in a way, backwards is forwards. Thanks for stopping by.

artS: I noticed a commercial at work the other day, and seems cell phones are now trying be everything to all people. Like the computer, I do not want or need to spend all my time playing with and watching a telephone ; (

mum: Hey, thanks for that. I notice the book is hard to find at least a an affordable price. Thanks for the google link ; )

dcd: Hi and Thanks. Yes, greed seems to be the top reason for most everything these days ; (

colette: Funny about that backwards idea, isn't it, since we've learned almost everything good from people who didn't have what we do today, hmmmm, like the egyptians etc. Cheers 2 ya.

Skybridge Studios said...

Chicago Cultural Center while we're visiting Picasso?

Merle Sneed said...

In one way or another lovingly caring for our dead is a human constant.

a ninny mus said...

cm - you're welcome. google is where I'd found the book in the first place, by typing Ethiopia bark burial.

Coffee Messiah said...

skybridge: Do you know someone there?

merle: What intrigued me, was the time spent doing everything from the dig, covering to the burying and didn't cost and they weren't worried about what happened to the body after the fact.

mum: Google in the past has been lousy at their scanning, but is free I guess. I prefer the book, except if it's way out of reach. Thanks again ; )