:: CULTURE & MEDIA
:: THE CHAGGA MIRROR
Looking into and out of Kinukamori Waterfalls on the slopes
of Mt. Kilimanjaro, Northern Tanzania.
The fallen man with a crown of roots, embodies the cyclical nature
of man’s life from, joy, despair, death, and regeneration. Welcome
to THE CHAGGA MIRROR!
There is awareness among a growing number of individuals in different
societies that HIV/AIDS – to a very large extend – is a
socio-culturally driven disease. The success of prevention work, with
the aim of sexual behaviour change, depends – hand in hand with
the bio-medical approach– on the teaching of the understanding
of the origins of taditional and present habits, values and beliefs
in a given society. It demands further, on a deeper level, the effort
to recognize the interconnectedness and interdependent nature of individual,
culture and environment.
The idea of THE CHAGGA MIRROR evolved during a visit in 2005 at Kinukamori
Waterfalls at Marangu, on the green slopes of Mt. Kilimanjaro.This spectacular
waterfall is a site of breathtaking natural beauty, tranquil rest spots,
gazebos, and great food. But more importantly, it is also the site of
the “Hall of Chagga Culture” or “Temple of Cultures”.
The Hall contains a wonderful walkway gallery of sculptures produced
by the local artist LAWI MOSHI. All of them reflect important turning
points in Chagga history. The history of the Chagga has been the focus
of study for many western ethnographers, but at the Hall, a more accessible
entrée to Chagga culture is featured.
THE CHAGGA MIRROR is meant to be a starting point for interesting discussions
about the cultural dimension of HIV/AIDS, both in Chagga and other cultures.
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