the village bride

How does this sounds like a good thing to say? I’m sorry. It just doesn’t. It boils down to “Regina can kill if the people that she’s killing don’t register on her emotional radar. There’s no real significance for her in killing the Charmings, and the thought of whether their would be an emotional toll on someone else doesn’t occur to her so she doesn’t hesitate. But Henry registers on her emotional radar so she can’t do anything to him.” 

That’s the gist of what I get it and it hearkens back to only one small element of growth in Regina. In the past if it got her what she wanted she could kill someone that registered on her emotional radar to suit her purpose (her father) and now she can’t. But still she’s able to kill if she doesn’t feel that there’s an emotional resonance for her. 

“I can kill the Charmings because it’s not a real sacrifice for me. I can’t kill Henry because it would be a sacrifice for me.” She didn’t think about Emma. Her way of getting through to Emma was completely devoid of any empathy or compassion for the pain she may be inflicting, if it meant that she would achieve her goal. This is the same way that she killed the groom on his wedding day in front of her bride and village after village. There was no emotional benefit to not doing it for her, and the emotional toll of the other people involved didn’t register because it didn’t directly effect her. It just seems like more of the same. Regina only is able to do for Regina. She may be able to extend it to others to some degree but at the end of the day if she’s a sacrifice for Regina she looks for an alternate route. 


Galincik Wedding

“Through this ring I look at you, welcome me to your heart”

Galiċnik is a small village in the mountains of Macedonia known worldwide for organizing collective weddings each year on St. Peter’s day. In its time of glory, there were as many as 30 weddings being organized on July 21. Nowadays there are less and less, but the ceremony is still gathering tourists from all over the world appealed by the amazing costumes and the intricate rite.

According to the tradition, the wedding ceremony begins Saturday evening, at the sunset, when the groom hangs on the right side of his house a flag decorated with flowers. Gunfire announces his departure towards the village, where he meets his best men for a celebration that includes music, wine and well, partying. The next is the mother-in-law’s dance and then a traditional dance, after which the groom and his party head towards the bride’s home carrying torches. All through the night, everybody dances and is enjoying a nice time.

Sunday morning, the groom and his family go to visit their ancestors at the cemetery and ask for their blessing. Later on, back at his home, while the groom gets ready (gets a shave and a haircut) the party sings a farewell song, which sounds very familiar to the Romanian lyrics sang to the bride while women put her veil on.

Meanwhile, the bride gets dressed in the traditional wedding gown of the Galiċnik village, wearing a beautiful red costume, with long sleeves and fringes at the end, white batik, silver and gold coins around her waist and a red and black skirt. Both the bride’s and the groom’s wedding costumes are traditional, being hand sewed with silk and gold strings and decorated with folkloric elements specific to the Macedonian region. The costumes get so heavy that the bride’s wedding gown gets to weigh almost 40 kilos.
Later that day, the groom and his party arrive at the bride’s house riding horses. Here are welcomed by the bride who looks through her wedding band and says: “Through this ring I look at you, welcome me to your heart”. The whole wedding party heads to the village fountain, where the bride fills up pots with water, while men dance the teskoto, a celebration dance of their ancestors who faced hardships working as emigrants. Sunday after-noon, at the St. Peter and Paul church, takes place the last part of the wedding ceremony. After that, the newly-weds dance the bride’s dance and go back at the groom’s house riding their horse. (X)

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‘’Which African writers have influenced you besides Chinua Achebe?’’

I pondered this question for a while before I thought of making a list of  writers who equally influenced my hunger for African history… my history. After scouring my memory and the internet, I have made my list of favourite East African Literary figures/Writers. Most of these novels, plays and Poetry are reminiscent of my high school literature curriculum. Others are just out of curiosity for fellow East African literary voices that I want to hear. I have compiled a list of authors from Uganda, Kenya, Tanzania, Rwanda and Burundi hoping that you share the same hunger to read as I do. This list does not even attempt to exhaust the East African writers that you may know of but hey, it is a start.

1. Song of Ocol ; a poem that expresses Ocol’s, (an African man) disgust for African ways and the destructive force of his self-hatred - Okot P’Bitek (Uganda)

2. Song of Lawino: a poem dealing with the tribulations of a rural African wife whose husband has taken up urban life and wishes everything to be westernised - Okot P’Bitek (Uganda)

3.The Burdens: a play that reflects the socio-political atmosphere in Uganda post independence -  Ruganda John (Uganda)

4. The River Between (1965): tells a story about the struggle of a young leader ‘Waiyaki’ to unite the two villages of Kameno and Makuyu through sacrifice and pain - Ngugi Wa Thiongo’o (Kenya)

5. Admiring Silence: A man escapes from his native Zanzibar to England. His furtive departure makes it unlikely that he will ever return, but he and his family agree a bright future lies ahead. He meets an English woman and they build a life together  - Abdulrazak Gurnah (Tanzania)

6. Two in One; a barren lady kidnaps three babies but the scam falls through a few decades after because one of the children is recognized later in life - Mwangi Gicheru (Kenya)

7. The promised Land: A young farmer and his wife who have migrated to Tanzania from Kenya become embroiled in issues of personal jealousy and materialism, and a melodramatic tale of tribal hatreds ensues.  - Grace Ogot (Kenya)

8. The Floods - Ruganda John (Uganda)

9. Paradise: Is a tragic love story about an African boy coming of age and a tale of the corruption of traditional African patterns by European colonialism  - Abdulrazak Gurnah (Tanzania)

10. I will Marry When I want (1977) : A peasant farmer and his wife are tricked into mortgaging their home and plot of land to finance a ‘’proper Christian Wedding.’’ This was a very powerful play of that time which according to some historians, attributed to Ngugi’s detention without trial. - Ngugi Wa Thiongo’o (Kenya)

11. The Ethnic Trap/Le Piege ethnique (1999): A study of ethnic polemics  - Benjamin Sehene (Rwanda)

12. Across The Bridge (1979): When Kihuthu’s daughter Caroline falls in love with Chuma and becomes pregnant with his child, she disgraces her family, who feel especially humiliated by Chuma’s lowly status as a mere houseboy. -    Mwangi Gicheru (Kenya)

13. Weep Not Child; Portrays the Mau Mau uprising and bewildering dispossession of ancestral land from the Natives.This book was the first novel to be published by an East African in 1964. He wrote this book when he was still a student at Makerere University -Ngugi Wa Thiongo’o

14. La Fue Sous La Soutane/Fire Under the Cassock (2005): a historical novel focusing on the true story of a Hutu Catholic Priest, Father Stanislas, who offered protection to Tutsi refugees in his church before sexually exploiting the women and participating in massacres . - Benjamin Sehene (Rwanda)

15. The Strange Bride (1983) an interpretation of a Luo myth - **Grace Ogot (Kenya)

16. White Teeth/Lak Tar - Tells the struggles of a poor young man, Okeca Ladwong who is forced to leave his village to find bride price that will enable him to get married. - Okot P’ Bitek (Uganda)

17. Silent Empowerment Of The Compatriots: is a powerful historical novel which forces us to re- think the whole notion of independence and the construction of a new society. - Gabriel Ruhumbika (Tanzania)

18. The Graduate: a novel set in post independent Kenya tackling the theme of corruption. How can the new government reorganize the system to benefit its own citizens?  - Grace Ogot (Kenya)

** Grace Ogot was the first female East African to be published.

19: Princess de Rugo - an autobiography of Esther Kamatari who fled to exile in Paris after the assassination of her father.- Esther Kamatari (Burundi)

i sent her a happy birthday message and we talked some, but it felt plastic. i know she dropped out of school to work at disney world. she’d always talked about it growing up. i picture her wandering past spinning teacups and sun-sick children, dressed up like fantasy, not snow white but maybe her long lost cousin, maybe a beautiful peasant in belle’s french village, maybe a pirate bride with perfect teeth. selling pineapple soft serve or mickey mouse key chains. she spends weekends on the beach, soaking in kissimmee gold, living on mojitos and cinnamon gum. she’s never been in love but i don’t think she needs it. she lives fully in dreams. locked herself up in childhood and swallowed the key.

Bruh? Hidden SasuSaku Moment?

If Naruto was all beat up:

And this dog:

was the only one taking care of them…

Then who Frickity Frock carried Sakura back to the village if she herself was unconscious?

But then i remembered who could:≖‿≖

I mean if he was strong enough to catch her in his arms then he was strong enough to carry her back to the village. Naruto was still conscious; but he was the one with most wounds. And Sasuke’s seal stopped hurting after a while. So I think It’s safe to say that Sasuke Carried Sakura back to the village. Bride style?Why not? ಠ◡ಠ