Category Archives: Tears of the Desert

Notes taken by students on different topics

Elders

Chapter one: Pg 3–  Halima sings the same lullaby to her son as her parents/grandmother did to her as a child. Pg 7- Grandma rounds up village women to help prepare a feast for the celebration of the newborn child. … Continue reading

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Marriage and Spousal Relationships in Tears

ch 1: when they got married, father was in his 30’s and mother was 18 grandmother readily agreed because father’s father only had one wife grandma ran away from her husband with children..they do not have a good relationship father … Continue reading

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Tears of the Desert: Witchcraft/Magic

Chapter 1: page 8 Mixing up medicine to heal cuts. Hijabs: potent spell-prayers Chapter 2: page 32 talks about rag dolls they would make to represent people. they would play with them an go through scenarios of war, there would … Continue reading

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Tears of the Desert: Political Organizations

Chapter 1: n/a Chapter 2: n/a Chapter 3: p.27–The Zaghawa tribe is spread across the border of Sudan-Chad in present day Darfur. In the past, the region was the African Kingdom of Kanam. p.27–There are three Zaghawa clans: the Towhir, … Continue reading

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Tears of the Desert: Taboos

Chapter 1 pg 7: The Evil Eye curse Chapter 2 pg 19: Evil Eye curse quote ” Whenever Kadiga came round to ask me out to play, Grandma would scold us to cover our heads, or else the Evil Eye … Continue reading

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Tears of the Desert- Wounds and Illnesses

If there are chapters missing, that is because no illnesses or wounds were discussed in it. Chapter 1- The Naming Halima recalls a moment where a man is about to rape her, and while fighting the man, he stabs her … Continue reading

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Tears of the Desert – Community Events

Chapter 1: Pg. 6 – Naming Ceremony: A child’s name must be announced to the tribe within 7 days of birth Chapter 2: N/A Chapter 3: Pg. 32 – The kids gather to play the “moon-bone” game while parents watched … Continue reading

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