HYPOCRISY AND BRANDED MENTAL DIARRHOEA: AN UNCURABLE AFRICAN DISEASE
I have all the time (possibly after countless realisations), found out that Traditional religion and all its parantheses is something worth defining on the offspring of truth. Although, many are the fronts of taunts attributed to the practices of this religion. This shredded and peaking ignoramus outlook of this whole enterprise and its tagging as “barbaric”, “demonic”, an “evil practice” et cetera of all crude tags has not only revealed how paralyzed our society has become. In a country where the media has become just a blunt polluted lips, the results is the daily acts of jokes, derision and mockerism that most of these locally produced movies go on an advocate protuberant. Movie players who depicts superiority of Christianity over Traditionality for me aren’t just acts of damnations but a droned wiped-out brainstorming canterkerous activity. We as a people have become the players of the piper’s tunes. From the total rejections of what holds us spiritually to the taunting of what binds us uniquely has not become just worrisome but a categoriesed illness which would never get a contagium for it heals.
A day never passes by without someone somewhere in his own self-pooling thoughts tag or deem me an outright “atheistic” spurred blue paper. Inasmuch as I would agree with such miscalculated assumed tuberculosis, I would state emphatically that such an assumption is but only a facade of derivative African spiritual lackings. Why would you believe a pure village African like me be an atheist? That I call it “turmoil of carcasses”! In the arena of desperation, neutralisation and equalisation of the Traditional religious practices in Ghana (Africa) by the Churchism fraternity, the results is the deeming of seemingly atheistic African. I have read with keen eyes into countless situations where the likes of many Traditional African propagationists on social media and outside of this hoodom are reckoned as that. Is it not very damming to loose control of what has held a peoples’ conscience to mere surprise because dynamism is a spectacled notion?
The mentality of we Africans towards Traditional religion is heartbreaking, tear waddling in the ductile and disease affliction. I am not in anyways justifying that the Christian world has nothing good but my juxtapositional arrest stems from the fact that we have lost sight of our core foundation as a people. We have outrightly and unreligiously implanted in our mental argumentum evil echoes for our Traditional practices. We are faced with true reality that it is an evil utopia that must not be entertained at all. Thus, a culmination into not reading and researching to find out the truth of the keel over syndrome. All our beliefs of what Traditional religion means is one upheld justified “illsome” illusory garment worn by the Church’s dogma or media’s taxonomic showcase. We hear on radios, read in electronic and print media and watch television programmes of pastoral cohorts back-lashing hard on Traditional practices as if they have even the basic knowledge when it comes to its relevance to our birth. This canal of washing our ignorance in the public is not only a displayed suffering headache but a helpless anxiety warfare that the younger generation have been exposed to. You might be learned in theology and obtained all the needed ingredients in theological euphemism; you might be a university acquired Masters, PhD holder or even Professor but your mere prejudice of Traditional practices and its variations would make you “deep-guttered” ignorant about its realities and the extent to which its content has been exposed to distortions and malices.
A lot of people (Christians) go to the extent of muddling witchcraftism and its associated practices to Traditional practices. That for me is an extreme form of unfortunate incidentality! Witchcraftism and all its relatives are not a wholistic horizon make up. Even the concept of such practice is an aberration to Traditionality. Some of these basics would even expose one to folly. It runs from all facets, all drummings— the exorcism to calling grandparents gods and witches are the course of your problems? The very mentioning of Onyankopon, Nyame, Twedeampon, Oludumare, Mawu èt al in African Christian churches and songs is such christening ignorancy. And the situation where a justification could be made to say, “its in our local language” is de-crying enough! Nyankopon, Onyame (Nyame), Twedeampon, Oludumare, Mawu ét al are not the symbolic meaning for “God”. Do all the research works in the world and you would realise how such pronouncements are deemed not the “white-God” or the “God in the bible” even by the whiteman themselves. Abosom(gods), and Abosomwaa(goddesses) are the direct spiritual ascendancy of Onyame (the wise spider). So where you go on calling for the discarding and facing-out of Traditional religion and practices whiles on the other hand you lift your voice like a trumpet shouting “Onyame eeh”! “Twedeampon eeh”!! in a church is just unfortunate and ridiculous. That is why the whole universal corn-mill is locked up in a dire hypocrisy!
I have had many verbal confrontations with people who said I needed to receive salvation and become a Christian. Initially, I used to try playing by the papers of conscience and reasoning, but I realised its just one decadence which has eaten almost everyone up. The mere mentioning of “gods, shrine, okomfo(priest)” in a conversation puts you in the shoes of the mythological humidity surrounding satan. The painful aspect of it all is that such people would not even be pitied to find out your assertion of why you are already saved. I have seen how this branded mental diarrhoea has surged on a seize to dilapidating the mental faculties of the African. Where there are clear evidences of rots and ills in the Christian world, these brutal hooligans would never admit but keep on heaping theoretical theologic vexatious letters of the apostles from right-center-left. If we could have made it more appellative enough for us to tag no more our Traditional practices with the catchy malicious phrase “outmoded practices”, more people would have been saved from the tolling death from this disease. The mere mentioning of “outmoded practices” puts one in a shadow-box of not finding a cure to his(‘er) abhoric ailment. As long as we stay glued to this episode and epistle(logical) framework of the whiteman’s cultural heritage, this disease filed in our mental faculties shall never be cured…
Nana Arhin Tsiwah
(The Village Thinker)
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