Saturday, July 30, 2011

Installement 2 of "The Masai Part I: A Glimpse of Gender, Sexuality, and Spirituality in the Loita Masai" is now up!

by Chris Masterjohn

New over at Mother Nature Obeyed:


This is the second installment of part I, covering divisions of labor, ownership rights, and authority by age and sex in Masai society.

Read more about the author, Chris Masterjohn, PhD, here.

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

"The Masai: Introduction" and "A Glimpse of Gender, Sexuality, and Spirituality in the Loita Masai" Are Both Now Up and Working

Unfortunately my two most recent blog posts on the Masai blacked out over at Mother Nature Obeyed shortly after posting the second one.  But they are now up and running!  Theoretically, the site error is permanently fixed.

Enjoy!


The Masai Part I: A Glimpse of Gender, Sexuality, and Spirituality in the Loita Masai (part 1)

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

The Drunken Prayers of a Masai Laibon

by Chris Masterjohn

Unfortunately, many parts of the WAPF site including the blogs are down.  The problem has been identified and is currently being fixed.  As a result, my recent post on gender, sexuality, and spirituality in the Masai is lost in cyberspace until the site is fixed, at which point it will magically reappear and I'll let you all know.

In the mean time, I thought I'd offer this tidbit.  

Thursday, July 14, 2011

Addiction to Noise and Stimulation (A Brief Thought About Life)

by Chris Masterjohn

Stephan provides some interesting insights about the ability for overstimulating food to dull our senses and contribute to addiction, in which he expands the concept to stimulation from other sources such as drugs and video games, and notes the powerful effect that meditation can have in reversing these effects:


I agree with Stephan that over-stimulation of all sorts, really of any of the senses, can contribute to addiction and dull our appreciation of the naturally sweet things in life.  

I think this applies to food, sex, music, television, and other sensually stimulating activities.  

I think there are several dimensions to this. While I think that overstimulation is itself a cause, I think seeking overstimulation is often a reflection of deeper issues inside of us that we have to face.