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For all ancient peoples, everything concerning life and death centers in power.  One of the 'nutshell" and easiest to understand concepts of power is that of the Kalahari Kung tribe of South Africa - ported by some writers as the most primitive tribe remaining in that country today, although others describe their culture as extraordinary and rich.  They are still foragers, and represent a life-way that was followed twenty thousand years ago.  The Kung believe that God, called Goa Na, implants at birth within the feet and ankles of each person a power, or energy, called "num".  To stir up and set this power loose, they have a special healing dance which they perform to "dance it up". Even though everyone shares all of contemporary humanity's thought and behavior frailties, among those who are specially trained and attuned, num may continue to rise during the dance until it reaches a boiling pint where it becomes 'Kia", which is a trance-like state of transcendence.  Individuals achieving it become able to serve as channels to Goa Na to heal, prophesy, and make other valuable contributions to the villagers and visitors who come dancing with them.  -Thomas E. Mails  Art by Gregory Colbert
For all ancient peoples, everything concerning life and death centers in power. One of the 'nutshell" and easiest to understand concepts of power is that of the Kalahari Kung tribe of South Africa - ported by some writers as the most primitive tribe remaining in that country today, although others describe their culture as extraordinary and rich. They are still foragers, and represent a life-way that was followed twenty thousand years ago. The Kung believe that God, called Goa Na, implants at birth within the feet and ankles of each person a power, or energy, called "num". To stir up and set this power loose, they have a special healing dance which they perform to "dance it up". Even though everyone shares all of contemporary humanity's thought and behavior frailties, among those who are specially trained and attuned, num may continue to rise during the dance until it reaches a boiling pint where it becomes 'Kia", which is a trance-like state of transcendence. Individuals achieving it become able to serve as channels to Goa Na to heal, prophesy, and make other valuable contributions to the villagers and visitors who come dancing with them. -Thomas E. Mails

Art by Gregory Colbert
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