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Ota Benga was a Congolese man from the Mbuti people (the Mbuti are one of the indigenous people of Central Africa who have been living in the region before the Bantu migration) who was featured in an anthropology exhibit at the Louisiana Purchase Exposition in St. Louis, Missouri in 1904, and in a human zoo exhibit in 1906 at the Bronx Zoo. 

Force Publique (established by King Leopold II of Belgium) killed his wife and annihilated his village while he had been away hunting elephant, lost his wife and children and later on captured by slavers. American Samuel Phillips Verner traveled to Congo in 1904 under contract from the Louisiana Purchase Exposition to bring back an “assortment of P*gmies indigenous people” to be part of an exhibition. Verner bought Ota Benga from slavers, Benga saw this as Verner saving his life from the slavers as he did not receive any harsh treatment from him. Verner’s plan was to bring back more indigenous people back with him to America but, the indigenous people (from the Twa ethnic group) did not trust him. Because Benga trusted Verner and thought he only had good intentions, he was able to persuade four indigenous men to join them. With the help of Benga, Verner was able to recruit Bantu men from he Bakubaand Baluba. 

The group of men arrived in St. Louis, Missouri in June 1904. The Louisiana Purchase Exposition had already begun, and the Africans immediately became the center of attention. Ota Benga became very popular,  The indigenous people were among the most popular attractions. They were made to snap their filed teeth at visitors, perform ritual dances, compete in “Anthropology Days,” a sort of Aboriginal Olympics, during which they excelled only at mud fighting. “When a white man comes to our country,” one of Ota Benga’s companions complained to a reporter, “we give them presents. … The Americans treat us as they do our pet monkey. They laugh at us and poke their umbrellas into our faces.”

Ota Benga was first displayed in the United States as part of the World’s Fair in
St. Louis in 1904. Here he was one of as many as “10,000 strange people,” or international “visitors,” on exhibit as part of an ethnographical showcase created to demonstrate the various levels of the “Great Chain of Being” and to highlight Darwin’s theory of evolution. Like European and American who were exploring the African continent, the World’s Fair organizers allowed their curiosity about nonwhite communities to take the form “often influenced by the current interpretations of Darwinism, so it was not simply who was human, but who was more human, and finally, who was most human, that concerned them.”

At the zoo, white crowds numbering forty thousand gawked at and taunted the twenty-three-year-old Benga, who shared a cage with a monkey, and more than once a group of visitors chased him around the grounds jeering at him, tripping him, and poking him in the ribs. His release came at the behest of a group of black American ministers, but only after he had spent a month in the zoo and then found himself ferried by the ministers to New York’s black orphan asylum, where he would be housed with children.

African-American clergymen such as Rev. James H. Gordon protested to zoo officials about the exhibit. Gordon stated “Our race, we think, is depressed enough, without exhibiting one of us with the apes,” Mr. Gordon said. “We think we are worthy of being considered human beings, with souls.” In defense of the depiction of Benga as a lesser human, an editorial in The New York Times suggested: “We do not quite understand all the emotion which others are expressing in the matter … It is absurd to make moan over the imagined humiliation and degradation Benga is suffering. The p*gmies … are very low in the human scale, and the suggestion that Benga should be in a school instead of a cage ignores the high probability that school would be a place … from which he could draw no advantage whatever. The idea that men are all much alike except as they have had or lacked opportunities for getting an education out of books is now far out of date”  In response to the protest, Benga was allowed to roam around he grounds of the zoo. 

Benga was later released into Gordon’s custody, he sent Benga to a church sponsored orphanage until he had to be relocated to Virginia because of the unwelcome press attention. Whilst in Virgina, Benga lived with the McCary family, his sharpened teeth were reshaped and he was bought American style clothing so he could assimilate into society more easily and quickly. Benga started school and improved his English and eventually got a job at a  tobacco factory. 

Benga wanted to return home to Congo but, In 1914 when World War I broke out, that made it impossible. Benga had only memories, and no one but he could know what form they took. Was his sleep troubled by nightmares of being stalked by mobs, or being caged? Was he haunted by visions of murdered loved ones, or of starving, tortured, and chained Congolese?Some nights, beneath a star-speckled sky, the boys recalled, they would watch Benga build a fire, and dance and sing around it. They were enraptured as he circled the flames, hopping and singing as if they were not there. They were no older than 10, too young to grasp the poignancy of the ancient ritual.

But as he, and they, grew older, something changed. By 1916, Benga had lost interest in their excursions to hunt and fish, and no longer seemed so eager a friend to the neighbourhood children. Many had noticed his darkening disposition, his all-consuming longing to go home. For hours he would sit alone in silence under a tree. Some of his young companions would recall, decades later, a song he used to sing, which he had learned at the Theological Seminary: “I believe I’ll go home / Lordy, won’t you help me.”In the late afternoon of 19 March 1916, the boys watched as Benga gathered wood to build a fire in the field. As the fire rose to a brilliant flame, Benga danced around it while chanting and moaning. The boys had seen his ritual before, but this time they detected a profound sorrow: he seemed eerily distant, as vacant as a ghost.That night, as they slept, Ota Benga stole into a battered grey shed across the road from his home. Before daybreak, he picked up a gun that he had hidden there, and fired a single bullet through his own hear

Ota Benga (second from left) and other Congolese boys 1904 Photograph: University of South Carolina

tw: anti-indigenous slurs 


Photo taken by Art Wells, Saturday, November 19, 2011 at the gravesite of Ota Benga, White Rock Cemetery, Lynchburg, VA.


  • Ota Benga under My Mother’s Roof by Carrie Allen Simmonds McCray
  • “Town of God”: Ota Benga, the Batetela Boys, and the Promise of Black America by Karen Sotiropoulo
  • Ota the Other An African on Display in America by Jocelyn L. Buckner

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House Cerea

It is one of the High Houses in Unova have sworn alliance to House Harmonia. It also happened to be one of the richest, thanks to their stronghold being located at the agricultural, southern region of Unova. Due to their wealth, many other Houses tried to curry favors from this family, or at least make alliances with them. Even though House Cerea is a relatively pacifistic family, their involvement in certain historical feuds caused them to make some dangerous enemies.

Similar to House Harmonia, House Cerea have several family members who are able to completely understand and communicate with Pokemon. The Cereas hail their ancestory from Demetris, a dancer who was said to have helped bring bountiful harvests when she befriended Landorus. Their traditional headquarters are in Abundant Shrine, and several Unovans are known to be living descendants of this House or the minor Houses that branched off from the original family. Much of Unova’s written history has been sourced from ancient archives that this family has kept for centuries. 

Their sigil consists of an orange, 8-petaled flower over a trisected shield, the latter of which is supposed to represent the kami trio Pokemon. Their motto is “Share the Bounty.”

  • Known members of Cerea: Alder, Benga, Cedric Juniper*, Aurea Juniper*, Drayden*, Iris*

*These characters hail from minor houses that branched from House Cerea

To see the other Unovan Houses and their info, check the tag!

UPDATED PLAYLIST!! (#2)

I have been getting quiet a few requests for my playlist. Well guys, here it is with the youtube links (apart from a few). You can download all of them from any youtube downloader. I usually use youtubemp3.tv 

  1. A Perfect Circle - Counting Bodies Like Sheep
  2. A Perfect Circle - Three Libras
  3. Animals - The House Of The Rising Sun
  4. BENGA & SKREAM - THE JUDGEMENT
  5. Bad Company - Ready For Love
  6. Black Rebel Motorcycle Club - Ain’t No Easy Way
  7. Black Rebel Motorcycle Club - Beat the Devil’s Tattoo
  8. Black Rebel Motorcycle Club - Fire Walker
  9. Black Rebel Motorcycle Club - Love Burns
  10. Black Rebel Motorcycle Club - Red Eyes And Tears
  11. Black Rebel Motorcycle Club - Spread Your Love
  12. Black Rebel Motorcycle Club - The Knife
  13. Black Rebel Motorcycle Club - White Palms
  14. Black Sabbath – Paranoid
  15. Black Sabbath - Planet Caravan
  16. Black Sabbath – Solitude
  17. Chroma Key - Even the Waves
  18. Country Joe and The Fish - Bass Strings
  19. Cream - World of Pain
  20. Crywolf - The Home We Made Pt II ft Maigan Kennedy
  21. DJ Shadow - The Organ Donor
  22. Deep Purple - Son Of Alerik
  23. Deep Purple - When a Blind Man Cries
  24. Donovan – Colours
  25. Donovan - Season of the Witch
  26. ELOHEL – Photograph
  27. Ellie Goulding - I Need Your Love Remix
  28. Eric Prydz - Niton (The Reason)
  29. Explosions in the sky - First breath after coma
  30. Flux Pavillion - Gold Dust Remix
  31. Flying Lotus - Putty Boy Strut
  32. Grand Funk Railroad - Paranoid
  33. Guns N’ Roses - Ain’t It Fun
  34. Hadouken - Levitate (Koven Remix)
  35. Hilight Tribe - Free Tibet
  36. Imagine Dragons - Radioactive (Swedtune & Thomas Remix)
  37. Jeff Beck - Goodbye Pork Pie hat
  38. Jefferson Airplane - Fat Angel
  39. Jefferson Airplane - Spare Chaynge
  40. Jefferson Airplane – Today
  41. Jefferson Airplane - White Rabbit
  42. Jimi Hendrix - Are You Experienced
  43. Jimi Hendrix - Axis Bold As Love
  44. Jimi Hendrix - Crosstown Traffic
  45. Jimi Hendrix - Purple Haze
  46. Joe Satriani - Flying in a Blue Dream
  47. KMFDM - Looking For Strange
  48. KMFDM – Megalomaniac
  49. King Crimson – Epitaph
  50. Kyuss - Space Cadet
  51. Lamb – Angelica
  52. Lana Del Rey - Summertime Sadness Remix
  53. Led Zeppelin - Babe I’m Gonna Leave You
  54. Led Zeppelin - Black Mountain Side
  55. Led Zeppelin - Bron-Y-Aur-Stomp
  56. Led Zeppelin - Dazed And Confused
  57. Led Zeppelin - Going To California
  58. Led Zeppelin - Over The Hills And Far Away
  59. Led Zeppelin - Rock And Roll
  60. Led Zeppelin – Tangerine
  61. Led Zeppelin - When The Levee Breaks
  62. Led Zeppelin-No Quarter Live 1973 Live
  63. Lynyrd Skynyrd - Simple Man
  64. Lynyrd Skynyrd-Free bird
  65. Nirvana- The Man Who Sold The World
  66. Ozzy Osbourne - Goodbye to Romance
  67. Ozzy Osbourne - Killer of Giants
  68. Pearl Jam - Yellow Ledbetter
  69. Pink FLoyd - High Hopes
  70. Pink Floyd - Astronomy Domine
  71. Pink Floyd - Brain Damage
  72. Pink Floyd - Comfortably Numb
  73. Pink Floyd - Have A Cigar
  74. Pink Floyd - Hey You
  75. Pink Floyd - Shine On You Crazy Diamond
  76. Pink Floyd - The Final Cut
  77. Pink Floyd - Two Suns In The Sunset
  78. Pink Floyd – Ummagumma
  79. Pink Floyd - Wish You Were Here
  80. Pink Floyd - Your Possible Pasts
  81. Porcupine Tree - Blackest Eyes
  82. Primus - Southbound Pachyderm
  83. Puscifer - Momma Sed 
  84. Radiohead - Exit Music (For a Film)
  85. Radiohead - How to Disappear Completely
  86. Radiohead - Sail to the Moon
  87. Rare Earth - I Know I’m Losing You
  88. Red Hot Chili Peppers - Road Trippin
  89. Ryan Feltham - Samsara Ends (Original)
  90. Scorpions - China White
  91. Scorpions – Holiday
  92. Steven Stills - Treetop Flyer
  93. The Beatles - Here Comes The Sun
  94. The Beatles - Love Me Do
  95. The Beatles - Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds
  96. The Beatles - Tomorrow Never Knows
  97. The Beatles - Yellow Submarine
  98. The Doors - Break on Through (To the Other Side)
  99. The Doors - Rock Is Dead
  100. The Doors - The End
  101. The M Machine - The Palace ft Blake Hazard
  102. The Mars Volta – Televators
  103. The Mars Volta - The Widow
  104. The Who - Behind Blue Eyes
  105. Tool – Eulogy
  106. Tool - Forty Six & 2
  107. Tool - Hooker With a Penis
  108. Tool - Third Eye
  109. Work Hard Plat Hard Trap N Bass Remix
  110. ZEDS DEAD x Greta Svabo Bech - Shut Up & Sing
  111. Opeth - Patterns in the Ivy (I and II)
  112. Opeth- In My Time Of Need
  113. Pantera - Cemetery Gates
  114. Tool - The Pot
  115. Braincell - Witches In Nature
  116. Moiez - Over You (feat. Dellara)
  117. Wayne Smith - Under Me Sleng Teng
  118. CJ CATALIZER & ZYMOSIS - I’ll Be There
  119. Grateful Dead - New Minglewood Blues
  120. Grace Slick & The Great Society - Born To Be Burned
  121. Quicksilver Messenger Service - How You Love
  122. Quicksilver Messenger Service - Maiden Of The Cancer Moon
  123. Jefferson Airplane - Bear Melt
  124. Jefferson Airplane - Rock Me Baby
  125. Audiomatic and Vaishiyas - Exchange
  126. Neelix - Adaption ((Interactive Noise Remix))
  127. Coldplay - Magic
  128. Zeds Dead - By Your Side
  129. Eagles - Too Many Hands
  130. Lana Del Rey - Young & Beautiful (PatrickReza Remix)
  131. John Frusciante - Prostitution Song
  132. Billy Idol - White Wedding
  133. Led Zeppelin - Trampled Under Foot
  134. Eddie Vedder - Society
  135. Rival Sons - Memphis Sun
  136. Rival Sons - Jordan 
  137. Rival Sons - Pressure And Time
  138. Days of the New - Touch, Peel and Stand
  139. The Byrds - Eight Miles High
  140. Days of the New - Shelf in The Room
  141. Kaleidoscope - Beacon From Mars