A Soothsayer, Visits from Shadow People, and a Demonic Possession (Some Stories from the Philippines)Hello all. I'm from South East Asia but with Chinese heritage so if I make confusing cultural references, please view it from this context. A. The Soothsayer When I was a young girl, my mother would always make the trip to the soothsayer whenever she goes to capital. The soothsayer is a small wrinkly old lady with wispy white hair and a bent back. She lived alone in her old wooden apartment located in the middle of Divisoria, a dirty bustling commercial district in the City of Manila. I remember the apartment smelling of old people and incense. Whenever she told her fortunes, the tiny soothsayer would sit on a huge wooden throne and enter into some sort of catatonic state. Her eyes would roll back, her claw-like hands would grasp the arms of the wooden throne, and her head would bob up and down. In the midst of the noise outside, a shaky but commanding voice would give out all sorts of advice. My mother says that it is the god San Tai Zhi who is speaking through the soothsayer, that is why all her advices and predictions should be taken seriously. To be honest, there are a lot of conflicting things about my mother, that is why at first I found it hard to understand why my mother would make special trips to see the soothsayer. She says she doesn't believe in spirits or ghosts, but she believes in a god possessing this little old lady. She says she is a devout catholic, but she also believes in this Taoist god called San Tai Zhi. In any case, my mother has always followed the advice of the soothsayer and got the results she wanted. My brother and I are the prime examples. After my older sister was born, my mother kept getting miscarriages. She finally bore a boy, but he died within a day of being born. Distraught, my mother sought the advice of the soothsayer. She told my mother that she had offended a spirit and that as long as her child is a boy she would always lose the baby. They then did some rituals to appease the spirit. The soothsayer then told her to sleep on it, and if my mother dreamt of a red flower, her next child would be a girl; if she dreamt of a white flower, then the spirit had been dealt with and her next child would be a boy. My mother dreamt of a white flower a few nights after performing the ritual, and a few months later, she gave birth to my only brother. When my mother was in her mid-forties, she suddenly wanted another child. She again approached the soothsayer to ask for one. Again, rituals were done, and a few months later she was pregnant with me. I am not sure what my mother did during those rituals, but apparently it made me sensitive to spirits. For most of my childhood, I was not allowed to go near cemeteries. My parents were extremely strict with this rule. I remember that there were many, many instances where people (or entities, I am not entirely sure) would try to convince me to go with them. They would try to entice me with food or toys but I would never go with them. This may be connected to my encounters with the shadow people in my next story, but who knows. B. The Shadow People I have encountered shadow people three times in my life. The first was when I was four years old. I was playing alone behind my school when a lady approached me, trying to get me to go with her. She was entirely black and featureless, almost two dimensional. I ran the heck out of there and cried for my nanny. The second time was when I joined a Catholic retreat in high school. It was 5 am and I was the only person awake at the time. I sat down in the middle of the retreat house's flower garden, enjoying the fresh mountain air and the chirping birds. Suddenly everything went silent and I saw a black humanoid figure approaching me. This time, it was a man. Under the streaming orange lamps, it was entirely pitch black and again, almost two dimensional. Of course I ran back to my room, woke up my roommates, and prayed all the prayers I knew by heart until we were called to breakfast. The third and last time was when I was in grad school. It was midnight and I was laying in bed scrolling through Reddit when I spotted something at the foot of my bed. The white fluorescent lamp lit up the whole room, except for the pitch black humanoid figure standing at the foot of my bed. I hid under the covers and prayed the Our Father and Hail Mary over and over until it disappeared. C. My Father Gets Possessed This all happened before I was born. Back when my dad used to be a trucker, he would leave us for a few days a week to make deliveries to our clients who lived in the mountains of our province. One day, my mother woke up to rude loud knocks on our door. Through the peephole, she saw that it was my father, back home two days early and drenched in sweat. My mom opened the door and greeted him asking why he was home so early, but my dad just went past her straight to his room. My mom, thinking that he was just tired, left him alone. However, my dad was asleep for more than 24 hours. The whole time he would mumble unintelligibly and sometimes would shout "no, don't take me I don't want to go with you". My mom, scared out of her wits, called the local "sorhano" or witch doctor to take a look at my dad. He would not wake up at all but would keep mumbling. The whole time he was drenched in sweat and the room was starting to smell awful. The sorhano tied each of my dads arms and legs to a bed post and rstarted his ritual. He recited Catholic prayers while whipping my dad with a "buntot ng pagi" or a dried stingray's tail. My dad woke up screaming in tongues. His face was contorted, as if he was burning and in extreme pain. His body then suddenly went erect and he collapsed. The sorhano then wrapped up his ritual and told my mother that the demon had been cast out. My dad slept peacefully for another day. When he woke up, he was surprised to find himself at home. My mom asked him if he had any recollection of what happened to him, and he said the last thing he remembered was driving his truck up in the mountains. My mom never told him what happened, not even in my dad's dying days. I have a few more stories but I think this post is getting too long. These are the more interesting ones anyway. Thanks for reading my stories and making it this far! EDIT: I posted another story on an encounter with a goat man in the Philippine mountains, if you want to read more. :D EDIT 2: Okay sorry I forgot about Rule 5 and had to take it down before the mods ban me hehe. I'll post it as acomment instead.
Lake Street Dive: Tiny Desk (Home) ConcertThe Tiny Desk is working from home for the foreseeable future. Introducing NPR Music's Tiny Desk (home) concerts, bringing you performances from across the country and the world. It's the same spirit — stripped-down sets, an intimate setting — just a different space. Josh Rogosin | April 27, 2021 Lake Street Dive filmed its Tiny Desk (home) concert where the band is most at home: on stage at the “biggest little venue in NYC,” Pete’s Candy Store. All five band members managed to squeeze onto a stage no larger than the actual Tiny Desk to shine a spotlight on the Save Our Stages Act. Congress passed the $15 billion grant program last December as part of the $900 billion coronavirus relief bill. In the middle of the home concert, bassist Bridget Kearney recalls driving to the Williamsburg neighborhood of Brooklyn for a gig at Pete’s, then driving back to Boston the very same night, long before they ever sold out Radio City Music Hall on the other side of the East River. It’s hard to believe the band has released seven studio albums. Its latest, Obviously, provided the setlist for this intimate performance and prominently features the newest member and co-songwriter, keyboard and vocalist Akie Bermiss. Hopefully we’ll all be packed into tight venues again soon, adding the thunderous applause we’re all yearning to contribute. Until then, we’ll just have to settle for clapping at our screens. SET LIST • "Hypotheticals" • "Same Old News" • "Anymore" • "Making Do" MUSICIANS • Rachael Price: vocals • Bridget Kearney: bass • Akie Bermiss: keyboards, vocals • Mike "McDuck" Olson: guitar • Mike Calabrese: drums CREDITS • Video: Johnny Frohman • Audio: Jared Herman, Robin MacMillan • Camera Operator: Katie Sadler • Camera Operator: Connor Smith • Gaffer: Eric Bowers TINY DESK TEAM • Producer: Josh Rogosin • Video Producer: Maia Stern • Audio Mastering: Josh Rogosin • Associate Producer: Bobby Carter • Tiny Production Team: Kara Frame, Bob Boilen • Executive Producer: Lauren Onkey • Senior VP, Programming: Anya Grundmann #nprmusic #tinydesk #lakestreetdive
VIC MENSA - Shelter LIVE | Dir by Chance The Rapper (House of Kicks)Official Live Music Video for SHELTER (Acoustic Version) by Chance the Rapper & VIC MENSA Director: Chance The Rapper Music Director: Peter Cottontale DP: Troy Gueno Edited by Bob Zegler Shot at House of Kicks Stream SHELTER (Acoustic Version): https://vicmensa.lnk.to/SHELTERAcoustic Watch the official video for SHELTER here: https://vicmensa.lnk.to/SHELTERV Follow Chance The Rapper: Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/chancethera... Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/chancetherapper Twitter: https://twitter.com/chancetherapper Follow VIC MENSA Online: Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/vicmensa Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/vicmensa/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/vicmensa YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/vicmensa Website: https://www.vicmensa.com Lyrics: There’s a war going on outside (ay I) That nobody’s safe from But here in my arms I’ll keep you from harm There’s no guarantee tonight That we will wake up When night hit the morning But if no alarm rings You can count on one thing Wyclef told me call 911 But who do you call when the ambulances don’t come Or watch as the ones sworn by law to protect us Wrongfully convict us then call it corrections Next, they bail the banks out when we in recession And hang us in the jail cell so they can swing the elections In walk Chicago streets where pot holes is deep and Tahoes creep like TLC Hospital workers in scrubs with no PPE But they got money for riot gear my nigga we dying here, yet You tell me not to move with my gun But we got more funeral homes than schools where I’m from And on the news all you view is homicides Ain’t no trauma units when everybody traumatized Trying to get on your feet playing the hand they dealt ya If your house is not a home let this song be your shelter shelter shelter I’ll be your shelter Emergency Please count on me (yeah I) I’ll be your super hero When danger arrives I’ll be by your side There’s a hundred bags Under the underpass Rumbling stomachs Cups jingle when Hummers pass Brisk wind, summer’s done Winter is coming fast And then they Zoom teacher wonder why they don’t come to class The internet been out The hot water been out She moved to her aunt’s house Then to her friend’s couch Abuser went to jail but that nigga been out Producer was in house They closer than pen pals Homeless in the home of the slaves I wonder how that would feel The manifested destiny A bunch of land they could steal Think about Kenneth Walker and Philando Castile How they only wanted to protect their family And how it’s niggas out here that make it worse for they folks It’s a deeper hotter hell for the worst of these folks It’s a mystery we never heard the murder she wrote If we finally paid her back the whole earth would be broke I’ll be your shelter Emergency Please count on me (yeah I) I’ll be your super hero When danger arrives I’ll be by your side I write for my niggas doing life with no possibility of parole You playing Fortnite that’s how long you spend in a hole Live from Death Row free my nigga Julius Jones I had a dream that Mumia was home I speak freedom in song Cause all I see is racist faces Where hate lives and they rape kids in cages What kinda nation lynch Elijah McClain? Then send us to the Middle East to die for they flag They drive us insane to sell us medication We demand reparations and they tell us have patience Instead of cash payments we get minimum wages They give us the black plague then send us a white savior I found faith the day I lost hope That’s when Julius reminded me of a bar I wrote Behind bars on the yard where they dream of the street On death row singing we could be free I’ll be your shelter Emergency Please count on me (yeah I) I’ll be your super hero When danger arrives I’ll be by your side You’re my lucky dime Dime dime You’re my lucky dime Dime dime You’re my lucky dime girl Dime dime You’re my lucky dime Dime dime You’re my lucky dime girl Dime dime You’re my lucky dime uh Dime dime You’re my lucky Dime dime You’re my lucky dime Dime Dime #SHELTER #VicMensa #ChanceTheRapper
Slavery routes – a short history of human trafficking (1/4) | DW DocumentaryThe history of slavery did not begin in the cotton fields. It has been going on since the dawn of humanity. Part 1 of this four-part documentary series investigates how Africa became the epicenter of human trafficking. The first installment of the series "Slavery Routes - A Short History of Human Trafficking" opens the story of the slave trade. By the 7th Century AD, Africa had already become a slave trading hub. Barbarian invaders brought on the collapse of the Western Roman Empire in 476 AD. Less than two centuries later, the Arabs founded an immense empire on its ruins, stretching from the banks of the Indus River to the southern Sahara. Now a new era of systematic slave hunting began, from the Middle East to Africa. At the heart of this network, two major merchant cities stood out. In the North, at the crossroads of the Arabian Peninsula and Africa, Cairo - the most important Muslim city and Africa’s main commercial hub. In the South, Timbuktu, the stronghold of the great West African empires, and point of departure of the trans-Saharan caravans. This documentary tells how, over the course of centuries, sub-Saharan peoples became the most significant "resource" for the biggest human trafficking networks in history. Part 1: https://youtu.be/InQvC9c-3K8 Part 2: https://youtu.be/v3ppAebUW54 Part 3: https://youtu.be/XMB7CpjIS9s Part 4: https://youtu.be/yKwXuRAseIc ------------------------------------------------------------------ DW Documentary gives you knowledge beyond the headlines. Watch top documentaries from German broadcasters and international production companies. Meet intriguing people, travel to distant lands, get a look behind the complexities of daily life and build a deeper understanding of current affairs and global events. Subscribe and explore the world around you with DW Documentary. Subscribe to: DW Documentary: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCW39zufHfsuGgpLviKh297Q?sub_confirmation=1# DW Documental (Spanish): https://www.youtube.com/dwdocumental DW Documentary وثائقية دي دبليو: (Arabic): https://www.youtube.com/dwdocarabia For more visit: http://www.dw.com/en/tv/docfilm/s-3610 Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/dwdocumentary/ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/dw.stories We kindly ask viewers to read and stick to the DW netiquette policy on our channel: https://p.dw.com/p/MF1G
EMET Calls on UC Merced to Stop Convicted Terrorist Leila Khaled from Speaking - EMET | Endowment for Middle East TruthEMET CALLS ON UC MERCED TO STOP CONVICTED TERRORIST LEILA KHALED FROM SPEAKING (Washington, D.C., April 16, 2021) On April 23rd at noon Pacific Time, the University of California Merced will host a Zoom event featuring Ms. Leila Khaled, titled “Free Speech Palestine.” This event is co-sponsored by San Francisco State University’s Arab and Muslim […]
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The World in 2021: five stories to watch out for | The EconomistThe World in 2021 will start to look beyond covid-19: to the launch of an asteroid-smashing space probe, the next step in the fight against climate change and China’s supremacy at the box office. Here are five stories to watch out for. 00:00 - Top five stories for 2021 00:39 - Democracy under threat 04:17 - The electric revolution revs up 06:55 - A chance to turn a corner on climate change 10:39 - China v Hollywood: battle of the box offices 14:40 - Defending the planet Sign up to The Economist’s daily newsletter: https://econ.st/3qJCAk5 Find all of the articles in World In 2021: https://econ.st/3a4z5Pr Read our latest coverage of covid-19: https://econ.st/3abooL1 Find all our climate-change coverage: https://econ.st/3oBoLSX 2020: the year when everything changed: https://econ.st/2Kytkyy The pandemic has eroded democracy and respect for human rights: https://econ.st/3oIb0BI How would-be autocrats used covid-19 as an excuse to grab more power: https://econ.st/3qJ29l8 Why democracy failed in the Middle East: https://econ.st/2Wl9pps Electric vehicles: who will rule the Teslaverse? https://econ.st/3qK0ITG Countries should seize the moment to flatten the climate curve: https://econ.st/2JICCYY Paris-anniversary climate pledges bring progress but fall short: https://econ.st/3nxNB60 The world’s energy system must be transformed completely: https://econ.st/37V83Y5 Why it’s time to make coal history: https://econ.st/39YIvf9 The World in 2021: the pandemic has shaken up the movie business: https://econ.st/39YGWxS Daily chart: Hollywood is losing ground in China: https://econ.st/39ZvUIs How Hollywood should deal with Chinese censors: https://econ.st/2VYlocv Why easier access to space imposes new environmental responsibilities on humanity: https://econ.st/340i8Sp A new moon race has begun: https://econ.st/3qMu7fM3