Some people who have been to school have forced us to believe that traditional ways of doing things are primitive. They have brainwashed us to think that those that have not undergone formal education are ignorant not worth our trust.
In my few years of existence, I have witnessed some traditional ways of doing things which are mostly coated in mythical explanations but make a lot of sense.
I have seen a lot of DIY in the wisdom of our people. There is a lot of safety logic in the way people were dealing with day-to-day issues.
Among our people, it is said the sewing needle should be safely kept because if it lands on a railway line it can cause a train to derail. While it is fact that train wagons are made of heavy metal and can easily break the needle, those that took heed of this wisdom protected themselves from the risk of being injured by the sewing needle
When eating and a piece of food falls on the ground, you are asked to abandon it. The ancestors have asked for it. The hidden message was that it is unhygienic to pick from dirty surfaces. The result was that there diseases such as cholera were prevented.
Some traditions demand that if a piece of clothing for a baby has been left outside the house overnight, that piece of apparel should be thrown away. Those who know health issues agree with this wisdom that a baby’s skin is sensitive and exposing it to clothes whose hygiene standards we are not sure about can be dangerous for the baby.
Those people who keep local chickens ban children from eating eggs, claiming that eggs will cause a pain on the navel. The truth, however, is that they knew that once children know that eggs are a delicacy, the chicken’s reproduction cycles will be affected.
On the same chicken, it is said that when plucking a chicken, those plucking the chicken should not make noise because the feathers grow again. The logic behind it is that plucking a chicken requires concentration and too many stories may delay the job. A noisy bird never builds a nest, remember!
Wishing you, dear reader, a week full of activity. Remember, if you want it perfectly done, do it yourself.