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By Simone Schwarz-Bart

This can be an intoxicating story of affection and sweetness, moms and daughters, religious values and the bleak legacy of slavery at the French Antillean island of Guadeloupe. the following long-suffering Telumee tells her existence tale and tells us concerning the proud line of Lougandor ladies she keeps to draw energy from. Time flows inconsistently through the lengthy scorching blue days as the insanity of the island swirls round the villages, and Telumee, raised within the shield of large skirts, needs to find out how to navigate the adversities of a peasant group, the ecstasies of affection, and household realities whereas arriving at her personal invaluable happiness. within the phrases of Toussine, the clever, soft grandmother who increases her, “Behind one discomfort there's one other. Sorrow is a wave endlessly. however the horse mustn’t journey you, you need to trip it.”

A masterpiece of Caribbean literature, The Bridge of Beyond relates the triumph of a beneficiant and hopeful spirit, whereas supplying a gorgeously lush, inventive depiction of the vegetation, panorama, and customs of Gua­deloupe. Simone Schwarz-Bart’s incantatory prose, interwoven with Creole proverbs and lore, looks right here in a awesome translation by way of Barbara Bray.

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This would seem to be a god of wind and rain, whose countenances are set toward the four points of the compass, whence come the four winds. " The f Companies' of the Gods In the Pyramid Texts we find frequent mention of several groups consisting of nine gods each. One of these companies of gods, or Enneads, was called the Great and another the Little, and the nine gods of Horus are also alluded to. It is not known, however, whether this group is in any way connected with either of the others. We also read in the Pyramid Texts of Teta of a double group of eighteen gods which recur in the text of Pepi I.

Some deities of rain preside also over the winds, thunder and lightning, the chase and war, general culture, and so forth. A sun-god, as lord of the vault of heaven, can preside over all the meteorological manifestations thereof. He is god of growth, of wealth, because gold possesses the yellow colour of his beams, of travelling, because he walks the heavens, and he rules countless other departments of existtence. From polytheism may evolve in time a condition of monotheism, in which one god holds complete sway over mankind-that is, one deity may become so popular, or the priestly caste connected with him so powerful, that all other cults languish as his spreads and grows.

But it is from such unpromising material that all religious systems spring, and however strenuous the defence made in order to prove that the Egyptians differed in this respect from other races, that defence is bound in no prolonged time to be battered down by the ruthless artillery of fact. We have references to other deities in the Pyramid Texts, some of whom appear to be nameless. For example, in the text of Pepi I we find homage rendered to one who has four faces and who brings the storm. This would seem to be a god of wind and rain, whose countenances are set toward the four points of the compass, whence come the four winds.

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