How The Babemba Tribe Forgives


“In the Babemba tribe of Southern Africa, when a person acts irresponsibly or unjustly, he is placed in the centre of the village, alone and unfettered. All work ceases, and every man, woman, and child in the village gathers in a large circle around the accused individual.

Then each person in the tribe speaks to the accused, one at a time, each recalling the good things the person in the centre of the circle has done in his lifetime. Every incident, every experience that can be recalled with any detail and accuracy, is recounted. All his positive attributes, good deeds, strengths, and kindnesses are recited carefully and at length.

This tribal ceremony often lasts for several days. At the end, the tribal circle is broken, a joyous celebration takes place, and the person is symbolically and literally welcomed back into the tribe.”

~Leonard Zunin~
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About Christopher Chase

Co-creator and Admin of the Facebook pages "Tao & Zen" "Art of Learning" & "Creative Systems Thinking." Majored in Studio Art at SUNY, Oneonta. Graduated in 1993 from the Child & Adolescent Development program at Stanford University's School of Education. Since 1994, have been teaching at Seinan Gakuin University, in Fukuoka, Japan.
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5 Responses to How The Babemba Tribe Forgives

  1. plexity says:

    Reblogged this on arthur~battram… and commented:
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    And it’s 360…

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  4. although this is a lesson on forgiveness but I can’t imagine how powerful words are! It’s truly life or death! It’s because of the good words spoken that love was rekindled.

  5. susan says:

    When they feign their “I am sorry” and then go back and repeat the same behavior, over, and over, and over again, at what point do they try something new? Just curious. There’s an old saying: fool me once shame on you, fool me twice shame on me.

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