Saturday, March 31, 2007


Sacred prostitution was widespread in India until late in the 19th century. The devadasis, or 'gods slaves', earned money for the temples which they staffed and were often dedicated to this service as little girls of seven or eight by their families, who acquired spiritual merit by marrying a daughter to the gods as well as ridding themselves of the expense of keeping her(the birth of too many daughters has always been a catastrophe for poor families in India). They were taught the arts of love and were deflowered either by a favoured customer or by the artificial phallus of the god. Temple prostitutes were respected and no stigma was attached to the profession. The temple at Tanjora had 400 dancing girls and those at Conjceram and Madurai were virtually brothels!

Saturday, March 24, 2007


The Amazon River acquired its name because a group of Spaniards who made an astounding trip down it in the 1540s reported fighting formidable female warriors. They were described as 'very white and tall, with long braided hair. They went 'naked' but with their privy parts covered, with their bows and arrows in their hands'. Like the Amazons of classical mythology, they were ruled by a queen and lived in their own strictly female communities, consorting with men only for breeding purposes. Modern Europeans dismiss teh theory but indian peoples in the Amazon Basin beliebe it and have kept alive a tradition of ferocious women warriors and all-female villages. the Amazons are said to live on an island in the Lake of the Mirror of the Moon, matiung with the nearby men once a year. They keep only the female babies and hand their infant sons back to those who fathered them.


A remarkable experiment was carried out in Toronto, Canada in the 1970s by a group led by a seasoned psychical researcher, A.R.G Owen. The group invented a no--existent ghost and then attempted to communicate to him. They called him Phi8lip and made up a life story for him as an English nobleman of the 17th century who had killed himself after the execution of his mistress as a witch. They then held seances round a table, and after a time, as expectation built up, they heard raps on the table. Using the conventional 'one rap means yes and two raps mean no' method, they quetioned 'Philip' and got answers. Presently, the table began to behave in a weird way. 'Philip' somehow seemed to have become incarnate in the table and it jumped up and down, and sometimes chased after people. On television in 1974, the table walked up three steps onto the platform and answered questions by rapping. The group in effect, had successfully created a ghost!

Saturday, March 17, 2007

WATU NA VIATU(People and shoes)

WATU NA VIATU(People and shoes)
I was commuting in a matatu(van) the other day when something struck me
as odd having come upon a railway crossing. There a saw a similar
matatu on the other side visily stalled balancing at a precarious
angle. I nearly ignored it untill i saw heavily-haired heads sticking
out of the windows. This drama turned to almost a comical act when some
women who were in the vehicle and obviously starnded climbed out the
windows in their skimpy dresses onto the roof of the van then jump down
on the opposite side landing with loud cracks as they broke their shoe
heels. As we drove passed the scene , I couldn't help but notice that while
the van door was open, they had gone to all those antics just to avoid
stepping in an inch of mud. Made mw wonder what shoes were made for in
the first place.

Friday, March 9, 2007

Recently when I was walking along a busy street in town, I saw someone approaching me from an adjacent direction. He was intent on crossing before me. Being one usually averse to a confrontation, I politely stopped in my tracks to let him cross.Imagine the 'bugger' did also the same thing!I wonder what's up with 'busy' Kenyans on the street, They walk at breakneck speeds obviouisly intent on getting in ahead of you but when u give them way, they also want to reciprocate.Can't they just make their damn minds up?