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October 31, 2008

Centocow, South Africa

I am in South Africa.
I am constantly being moved to tears and something sets me off almost daily.

but mostly it is the gospel music.
Today I stood in the corner of a school room, children with holes in their sock heels swayed and sang a song of healing, booming it with such earnestness and commitment. The voices shot through me causing tears to prickle at my eyes. And still, many songs on, I do not understand the power of this music.
I feel so privileged.

The Zulu women have shown me love that needs no words. In fact, words could never be enough.

This is a low resolution video clip that comes from just one day in a rural town, Centocow. It is just a taste to share with you.

I have since been back to gather the story of a girl and her sister.
We spent an entire day collecting water and chopping wood.

The saying goes...
Before Enlightenment, collecting water, chopping wood.
After Enlightenment, collecting water, chopping wood.

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Recording this song.

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Crossing the river to get firewood.

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A break from walking with wood.


[current mood] Quietness & Rusks

Posted by natalija at October 31, 2008 4:24 AM

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Awesome stuff Natty! Lots of very quintessential "photographer's eye" scenes in there. How's my mum doing?

Posted by: mik at October 31, 2008 7:40 AM

wow, what an amazing experience. I melted when I saw the video.

I remember you telling me in June that you were going on a trip to South Africa but I had no idea it would be this wonderful.
xx

Posted by: panda at October 31, 2008 9:07 PM

HI Nat, My friend Iris from Germany directed me to your blog. What can I say? What a life, what an experience. I will visit again. Keep up the great work, would love to see/read more.
Perth regards, Java

Posted by: Java at November 1, 2008 1:30 PM

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