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Do you you know where the expression Tata comes?

Have you ever wondered where the expression "tata" originated? Jumping the broom? Black cat bone? Pouring libations? Goobers (nguba) peanuts? All of these words and practices come from the Kongo Kingdom (Congo). As the Europeans commemorate the Virginia colony 1619, we should remember that our first ancestors were brought to the English colony by way of a Dutch slave ship. As for the Spanish and Portuguese colonies, ancestors were brought to the America's in the 1500's CE. I have been fortunate to learn first hand while living in Africa and would like invite others with knowledge of our traditions to share information.


18 Dec 2002 :: 14 Nov 2008
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