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How an African tribe deals with crimes.

December 6, 2012

I was recently told of an African tribe that does the most beautiful thing.

When someone does something hurtful and wrong, they take the person to the center of town, and the entire tribe comes and surrounds him. For two days they’ll tell the man every good thing he has ever done.

The tribe believes that every human being comes into the world as GOOD, each of us desiring safety, love, peace, happiness.

But sometimes in the pursuit of those things people make mistakes. The community sees misdeeds as a cry for help.

They band together for the sake of their fellow man to hold him up, to reconnect him with his true Nature, to remind him who he really is, until he fully remembers the truth from which he’d temporarily been disconnected: “I AM GOOD”.

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  1. December 7, 2012 4:46 am

    Yea, we are all born perfect, each a piece of the puzzle that makes up the whole. Wonderful when community recognizes you as a piece of the puzzle and helps you fit in, just as you are, perfect. Problem with many modern societies is they take that puzzle piece and cram it where it’s not supposed to be, leaving us feeling imperfect as we try and fit in the wrong part of the puzzle.

    • William permalink
      September 18, 2013 2:06 pm

      I’m sorry but we aren’t all born perfect or equal at all. There are some of us in the work that are born with mental problems, down-syndrome and other health issues. It is also proven that people can be born with a criminal mind and become a psychopath. What you just said is so very wrong it makes me cringe.

      • William permalink
        September 18, 2013 2:07 pm

        I mean “world” not work, autocorrect mistake there.

      • September 19, 2013 4:31 am

        is that so?

      • February 21, 2014 9:27 am

        What a hell you have created for yourself with such thoughts of poison.

        I have worked with down syndrome people, people you would accuse of being psychotics, mental health issues people, autistic all the way to vegetable, and have to tell you that psychopaths are made. Not born.

        You need to forgive yourself for your horrendous thoughts and love yourself before you begin to believe your own bull too much and do something really hurtful to someone else in this spirit and justify it with these abberant manufactured thoughts.

      • May 6, 2014 5:08 am

        “What a hell you have created for yourself with such thoughts of poison.

        I have worked with down syndrome people, people you would accuse of being psychotics, mental health issues people, autistic all the way to vegetable, and have to tell you that psychopaths are made. Not born.

        You need to forgive yourself for your horrendous thoughts and love yourself before you begin to believe your own bull too much and do something really hurtful to someone else in this spirit and justify it with these abberant manufactured thoughts.”

        I am so sick of passive aggressive behavior from supposed bleeding hearts. “I’m really sorry you’re such an asshole. You were obviously raped as a child.”

        Sorry, but William’s right and he can see this because he doesn’t wear rose colored glasses.

        There have been numerous studies which show that some people, even though it’s very low, are born without the capacity for compassion. So because these people cannot learn empathy because of their fucked up brains, they have no problem hurting others.

        I mean, geez. Have you been living under a rock or did you just get the internet or something?

      • Hayden permalink
        October 4, 2014 1:52 pm

        This is only partially true. While there are definite differences in brain structure that is consistent among sociopaths or serial killers, that does not actually mean that person will turn out that way. It’s a biological risk factor, like having the gene for breast cancer – that does not mean you will get it, it means you are more likely. This is where environment is so crucial in the lives of children. While I will admit that there is a chance that no matter what you do, a child was just born not wired right and cannot “be good” so to speak, raising every child surrounded by love and compassion is going to be far more successful than any other environment. And it is a very small fraction of the population that are truly “evil.”

        Also, recent studies are coming out showing that a child’s brain develops differently with extreme stress and abuse. It can affect the growth of white and grey matter and the way the neurons fire. This means that there is a possibility that a child that was not born with this brain damage could actually develop it in a bad environment. This is where empathy comes in. We have to stop looking at all people as the same. I mean, for human rights purposes, yes, and I would never suggest this be used as justification for crimes; but it should be used to change the way we perceive humanity. The mind is a fragile thing and as it develops in utero and during infancy and childhood, things can go very wrong. We have a responsibility to do our best to just not screw kids up.

  2. December 7, 2012 11:24 am

    My guess is you were told a lie.

    • December 8, 2012 12:07 am

      Of course; what a bunch of bull. African tribes? Good God, what a nightmare. Gerry Frederics

      • August 20, 2013 11:55 pm

        African tribes are a little more evolved than your average Joe in the streets. It is a fantastic idea we should try to implement.

  3. Di, Cerrillos,NM permalink
    December 7, 2012 2:09 pm

    Hooray! This is Golden Age thinking. By a tribe of ‘primitives’ no less. This is LOVE in action. Every person valued.

    How arrogant have we been to think that the West is civilized?

    Of course, this is probably a small group, how would this work for states?

  4. Bob permalink
    December 7, 2012 3:05 pm

    Wow man! That is some beautiful stuff there. And by stuff I mean utter BS. Here’s how some africans deal with sorcerers. That’s right, I said sorcerers: http://www.liveleak.com/view?i=173_1311437458 I strongly suggest that instead of listening to fairytale BS and bizarrely believing it, you go spend some time in Africa, and really get to know the people there. Make sure you bring any small children you have so they can learn too.

    • Rev. Sharon permalink
      April 18, 2013 5:19 pm

      Who said anything about sorcerers?

    • Ian permalink
      July 3, 2013 9:22 pm

      This is only one place in huge Africa, so you can’t say all Africans are burning sorcerers at the stake. Stop generalizing an entire race of people. There is a myriad of different cultures in Africa. Some friendly and some not so comprehensible by western standards. Just like there’s a lot of cooky shit that westerners do that no one understands. This was a report of one tribe doing something cool and you had to be a straight up racist by posting some asinine garbage. Thanks a lot Bob.

  5. Abbass (Steve) permalink
    December 7, 2012 3:56 pm

    Rubbish.

    • May 6, 2014 5:09 am

      Yeah, I’ve been trying to find confirmation on this. I’m beginning to think it’s just made up bullshit propagated by stupid people on the internet…and here I am seeing it two years later.

  6. jim p permalink
    December 7, 2012 4:20 pm

    In old Afghanistan, where a traveling judge would hear cases, it was possible that a trial of a thief would end up with the village being fined, if they had not given the accused help when it was needed.

  7. john mackie permalink
    December 7, 2012 4:38 pm

    And then they eat him.

  8. December 7, 2012 5:12 pm

    Interesting!

  9. December 7, 2012 5:17 pm

    this is a wonderful blog, reposted from World Mathaba and it led me to your site … do you know which tribe this is please?

  10. skval1@msn.com permalink
    December 7, 2012 5:34 pm

    BEAUTIFUL :)

  11. Scott White permalink
    December 7, 2012 6:07 pm

    That’s a nice bullshit story about the African tribe and village that obviously must reamin nameless because they don’t exist. The truth is they hack him to death with machettes.

  12. Art permalink
    December 7, 2012 7:00 pm

    How long would the average politician take? Probably not 2 days, unless promisses counted as good deeds.

  13. December 7, 2012 7:11 pm

    obviously they are not likely to convert to talmnudic judaism

    • December 7, 2012 8:00 pm

      What are some positive things, which you have done.

  14. Bri permalink
    December 7, 2012 8:35 pm

    That would work.

    • Bri permalink
      December 7, 2012 8:37 pm

      Continuing… This tribal custom of rehabilitation wold work anywhere.

  15. Christine permalink
    December 7, 2012 9:42 pm

    You can tell from the comments, who has lived in Africa and who hasn’t.

  16. Eochaidh MacDhalaigh OghaChruithne permalink
    December 7, 2012 9:50 pm

    The Second Sage: Mencius, developed the wisdom that we are all basically good. His teaching can bring the African tradition into the 21st Century. Kumbaiyah, multi-culturalism rules.

  17. December 7, 2012 10:21 pm

    I concur, it’s a great story, but no facts. What tribe is this & what country?

  18. Freedom Lost on 911 permalink
    December 7, 2012 10:22 pm

    In Camaroon they used to not have locks on the doors, and used to share a food storage building, until the sailors came and taught them about mistrust and greed..thats when they stopped trusting each other and locked thier doors.

  19. Kenzob Breaze permalink
    December 7, 2012 11:13 pm

    Gee, why didn’t we think to give Jeffrey Dahmer and Ted Bundy the same?

  20. Anonymous permalink
    December 8, 2012 12:55 am

    Total BS story – more likely, he would be immediately killed. Black Africans are savages – they don’t practice this type of airy-fairy, new-age peace and love crap. Thousands of White South African farmers have been savagely murdered by blacks since the end of apartheid there – something the Jew media doesn’t want you to know about. Most of the White victims, including children, were tortured, raped, then hacked to death with machetes. Anyone who believes this BS story is a fool.

  21. December 8, 2012 6:59 am

    Regardless of the yay or nay postings here (the nays being the typical troll city mongers that only know pain as a solution to anything), the primary reasons for the failure of civilization on the horizon is the pyramid system of governance. When strangers in unreachable places make rules for the rest to follow in a profit driven system, you get this world. It may not suck yet (for some), but believe me this world is going to suck big time for those that worship it and hold fast that it will continue to provide the teat for them to suckle forever.

    Communities, even neighborhoods are under constant attack by the hoarders of wealth. There can be no local solutions to any problem, only global, legislated answers that bring pain as an answer to pain. It is this way because there is a constant advertisement into every hole in every man’s head that being rich is indeed happiness. Look at the sad lives of these happy people. Totally isolated, always suspicious, constantly scheming new ways to extort and control others. It’s absurd.

    I don’t care if this tribe is real or not. The message is real. And those that deny it surely deserve what is coming. No matter if any prophecy is true, the planet earth is on a collision course with an ecological disaster already set in play. Men of low character and intellect constantly look for ways to demonize that which might threaten their pathetic plastic existence. Men of low character believe that money is real and material is god and the governments they pay to sell them a load of manure are actually going to do anything but shoot them dead as soon as the need arises. All this article is, is a different definition of how people should be dealt with when they lack self-discipline. But the deniers will quickly come to the defense of their system of pain and enslavement, always working to make sure the herd mentality is sustained and empowered. They do this for only one reason: they profit from it.

    • Eochaidh MacDhalaigh OghaChruithne permalink
      December 10, 2012 9:29 pm

      The horizontal pyramid system of government is NOT the reason. Unfortunately, through no fault of the Europeans, they developed a Dualistic way of thinking. So, don’t blame Europeans, it’s all a coincidence of history. BUT, THEY ARE THE ONES RESPONSIBLE. Hug a European. Jesus figured out what went wrong, he was a European. Yet, even God couldn’t fix the Europeans. So, let’s all hold hands with the Eurotrash and sing a rousing chorus of “Cumbaiya.”

      2. Ways of Thinking

      Old Way of Thinking New Way of Thinking (Dualism)
      ——————– —————————————-

      What can we learn Civilized Europeans | Savages
      from our neighbors |
      and what do we have Peaceful Europeans | Enemies
      to share with them? |
      (“Love your neighbor Generous Europeans | Useless
      as yourself.”) | Eaters
      |
      Rich Europeans | Trespassers
      | and Thieves
      | on the land
      | over all of
      | which our God
      | gave us
      | dominion
      |
      Educated and | Clowns
      Intelligent Europeans | and
      | Idiots

      • April 30, 2013 5:37 am

        Stopped reading when you said Jesus was European.

        Not in the geographic sense, not in the modern conception of Europe and at his time they definetely didn’t even have a concept of Europe, so, well, Jesus wasn’t European…

    • DJM permalink
      August 22, 2013 10:06 pm

      Solution, solution, solution. Let us focus on solution more so than problem. We may have been taught to focus on problems, but trust me, we are solution creators!

  22. marcia cain permalink
    December 8, 2012 7:58 am

    they probably just ate him

  23. jenn permalink
    December 8, 2012 3:10 pm

    You know, there are many, many different tribes, each with different cultural practices. Just because one tribes burns sorcerers alive, doesn’t mean the practices in the above article are BS. Norway has a kindness based penal system as well, with lower repeat offenders than the US.

  24. Alan permalink
    December 8, 2012 3:53 pm

    I live in Africa. Here they “necklace” criminals – they place an old motor car tyre around his neck, fill it with petrol (gasoline) and set it alight.

    • DJM permalink
      August 22, 2013 10:01 pm

      Which part of africa do you live in?

      • TshakaZulu permalink
        August 24, 2013 6:11 am

        South Africa – Google it

  25. Nikola permalink
    December 8, 2012 10:13 pm

    who the hell are you trying to fool with this BS article?
    I KNOW people who live in AFrica, my ex is from there. They sell dead babies and baby body arts on the street. Just around the corner from her house. You can actually buy potions made from dead babies. That is their religion. In her office, the women who are virgins dance NAKED in the office once a year, while the males surround them and stare like dogs. This is an ancient tradition, practiced in LAWYERS OFFICES in modern Africa.
    She also told me how nobody stops at red lights or leaves windows open in their cars, because you are guaranteed to be shot or chopped to death for a mere slice of pizza or a dollar – or because you are white.

    Put your BS where the sun don’t shine cuz I don’t buy it.

    • January 1, 2013 8:29 pm

      I realize that you are hurt because of the painful things that your African friends have shared with you, but that may (I assume) be the city. Isn’t it a possibility that there is a small tribe, somewhere deep in the jungle, that practices this? And if so, isn’t it a wonderful concept? If it became more widespread, wouldn’t the world be a better place? If you have time, please read my thoughts written recently in this thread. Hugs!

      • TshakaZulu permalink
        January 3, 2013 5:56 am

        I am simply unable to comprehend the abysmal ignorance and arrogance of the average amerikan.

        When I read the posts on this topic all I see are comments about tribes and “Africa” – as if this was one homogeneous, single entity.

        Wake up, you fools.

        There are 57 individual countries in Africa with a total population that exceeds on billion people. Nigeria alone has nearly two thirds the population of amerika. Here in South Africa we have a population of over fifty million people – and they are from all walks of life. We do not live in tribal communities and hunt lions with spears and clubs. Cultures vary from the most sophisticated Western model to the most primitive neo-paleothic customs.

        How everyone can simply refer to Africans and their habits is beyond me. It is like saying that ALL amerikans are obese, watch TV for at least 9 hours a day, think that the world begins and ends at the shores of their country and speak appalling English.

        Mind you . . .

    • mary permalink
      May 15, 2014 10:18 pm

      Ok, I just moved from s.a. NOT THAT BAD.
      Calm your socks, that is an over exaggeration.

  26. December 10, 2012 5:35 am

    Maybe these types of practices no longer exist, but they could have at some point. Here is another source, which may lead further to where the story originated:

    http://www.inspirationpeak.com/shortstories/singingyoursong.html

    I am going to try this with my kids tomorrow…..whether it is a true story or BS, it is worth a shot! ;)

  27. Lulu permalink
    December 11, 2012 2:39 am

    This is beautiful. It’s not about an African Tribe (whether this tribe exists or not) this is a story about life and how we should live it. Great example, absolutely wonderful.

  28. January 1, 2013 7:56 pm

    They really, truly GET it!!! I wish they’d have the realization to implement that in our prisons. I bet we’d see a HUGE reduction in repeat offenders. In fact, we should do this in daily life, when someone hurts us, we should realize that they are acting out of pain and remind them that they are good. Reacting nastily and arguing/fighting is how WE respond to OUR pain from the other person hurting us!! It’s a cycle. When we learn how to healthily process our pain, we will be a happier people, thus, we will hurt eachother less and thus, we will elicit less negative reactions back to us. Do you see the cycle? It’s an epiphany!!

  29. Themis permalink
    August 2, 2013 12:18 am

    The tribe name & the location in Africa:

  30. August 20, 2013 6:48 am

    http://www.kindspring.org/story/view.php?sid=7535

    Its the Babemba tribe, the ritual is real.

    • Debbie permalink
      August 23, 2013 2:46 am

      Thank you. How awesome. :-)

    • TshakaZulu permalink
      August 24, 2013 6:20 am

      The only references to the “Babemba” tribe are postings that confirm the myth.

      I live in South Africa, White English speaking male of 67 years and I have never ever heard of the Babemba tribe. It is all nonsense.

      The only tribes in South Africa are the Zulu, Xhosa, Swazi, Ndebele, Tswana, Pedi, Basotho, Venda, Lemba, and Shangaan-Tsonga tribes.

      • Les_D permalink
        October 10, 2013 9:37 am

        are you sure those are the only ethnic groups in South Africa. Perhaps you should say, those are the ones that you know of ;)

        Have you heard of Bapulana, Batokwa, Balobedu, the Mfengu etc? Learn about your country brother…

      • TshakaZulu permalink
        October 11, 2013 6:30 am

        @Les_D – The groups you refer to are language groups – not tribes.

        I know my country, sister.

      • keyhe permalink
        December 1, 2013 4:20 pm

        they are not from South-Africa, rather Southern Africa. They make/made their homes around Zambia and Kongo

  31. DJM permalink
    August 22, 2013 9:58 pm

    It seems we are quick to believe the opposing reality of the unjust and civil society which proposes through keen manipulation of media and information, that Africa is full of horrible people. Thank you Carol Meckelson for the update on which tribe it is, from the instant I heard this story I knew it was true, no doubt in my mind. Lack of a name of the tribe does not make it any less acknowledgeable. And I am dissappointed that there are so many quick to judge. There are still tribes who are unknown that do and know great things and wisdom that us of the technological age can learn a heck of a lot from. We are what we repeat as our mantra. We are social creatures! I can think of no better way to handle such an act .

    • Themis Taynah permalink
      May 1, 2014 3:55 pm

      Well written! I agree.

  32. Debbie permalink
    August 23, 2013 2:45 am

    Can you or anyone tell me the name of this tribe. What part of africa? anything? I am searching for history, or more about this tribe. What a beautiful world it must be

  33. February 21, 2014 9:33 am

    After reading the replies I see the poison of our culture is so prominant that people will fight to believe in horror rather than receive the gift of this example. Making excuses for their own twisted, shame filled gult ridden sadness and anger. Justifying their own rage and twisted values by projecting their intellectual dismissals of anything that doesnt try to dominate or destroy.

    When we look at something it does not change based upon our opinions. It is pure phenomena. We reveal ourselves though with out ways of interpreting and responding to the phenomena.

    By reading the comments its very easy to see which people are bitter and cynical and judgemental and anrgy and which are sweet and good hearted and sincere and loving.

    I know I would much rather be in a community with the people who are willing to pursue loving someone and working with them out of a desire to support them and nurture them towards health than a community of people bent on dominating, classifying, judging and damning.

    We create our own heaven or our own hell…. and its all in your head and heart.
    You get to live with it everyday, every moment. Make it worth living for.

    • April 29, 2014 10:34 pm

      My thoughts exactly! Thank you for saving me typing it. :)

    • Themis Taynah permalink
      May 1, 2014 3:59 pm

      “Make it worth living for”, everybody should. Nice writing :)

  34. June 10, 2014 3:21 pm

    I would love to learn more about this tribe and of course to know for sure which is its name. I found their tactics very wise.

  35. Jennifer permalink
    June 14, 2014 1:38 am

    Which part of Africa does this tribe reside, and what is the tribes name? This is such a beautiful and peaceful thing to do :) the world is riddled with war and fear; hate, it really is comforting to hear such a story, and I hope that it influences other tribes, cultures, and communities to do the same :)

  36. July 26, 2014 12:19 pm

    here’s a full debunking of this piece of nonsense (and yes, it is nonsense, even if the Babemba tribe actually exists.) http://ohnofixit.tumblr.com/tagged/internet-fables

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