3 Things We’ve Learned from Kwanzaa
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Kwanzaa is an African-American celebration of life from 26 December to 1 January. Dr. Maulana Karenga introduced the festival in 1966 to the United States as a ritual to welcome the first harvests to the home. Dr. Karenga created this festival for Afro-Americans as a response to the commercialism of Christmas. In fact one might say that Kwanzaa has similarities with Thanksgiving in the United States or the Yam Festival in Ghana and Nigeria. The word "kwanza" is a KiSwahili (Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania) word meaning "first."
Kwanzaa celebrates what its founder called the seven principles of Kwanzaa, or Nguzo Saba (originally Nguzu Saba—the seven principles of African Heritage), which Karenga said "is a communitarian African philosophy," consisting of what Karenga called "the best of African thought and practice in constant exchange with the world." They were developed in 1965, a year before Kwanzaa itself. These seven principles comprise Kawaida, a Swahili word meaning "common".
Each of the seven days of Kwanzaa is dedicated to one of the following principles, as follows:
· Umoja (Unity): To strive for and to maintain unity in the family, community, nation, and race.
· Kujichagulia (Self-Determination): To define and name ourselves, as well as to create and speak for ourselves.
· Ujima (Collective Work and Responsibility): To build and maintain our community together and make our brothers' and sisters' problems our problems and to solve them together.
· Ujamaa (Cooperative Economics): To build and maintain our own stores, shops, and other businesses and to profit from them together.
· Nia (Purpose): To make our collective vocation the building and developing of our community in order to restore our people to their traditional greatness.
· Kuumba (Creativity): To do always as much as we can, in the way we can, in order to leave our community more beautiful and beneficial than we inherited it.
· Imani (Faith): To believe with all our hearts in our people, our parents, our teachers, our leaders, and the righteousness and victory of our struggle.
EmpressBody feel that there is so much to learn from the 7 principles of Kwanzaa, but three of them truly struck a chord, as they echo our own philosophies. The concept of Nia (Purpose) and its dedication to tradition and celebrating all things born of wisdom, is why EmpressBody are so devoted to promoting the practice of Yoni Steaming. Vaginal steaming is an ancient practice that brings together communities of women in healing and support.
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Kuumba (Creatvity) has also inspired EmpressBody, and we can only hint at it for the moment, but EmpressBody has been extra creative and will have a new product for you ready in the New Year!
Kujichagulia (Self-Determination), to speak for ourselves and to voice taboo subjects and make sure no one feels aloe. Anyone who has been on our Instagram page knows that EmpressBody is dedicated to free speech, teaching and discussion.
We will not stay silent and let women suffering from feminine health issues think they are alone. From what your yoni should smell like, to vaginal discharge and PCOS, EmpressBody are happy to talk and define a new world where women can speak and learn.
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