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#923: Ginen questions: Another reply

From: ali grrl <legb_a@hotmail.com>

I have been following Gage Averill and Madison Bell's discussion of Ginen, 
and I too am interested in the etymological roots of this word.  However, I 
am also wondering about the cosmological significance of this term.  As was 
pointed out, the term is used to describe Africa, but does it not also 
describe some sort of concept of the afterworld? A place of rebirth?  Ginen 
has often described to me as being "under the water"?  Perhaps someone could 
discuss the multiple meanings of this term, along with its possible origins, 
with me?
Alexandra Boutros

>From: Robert Corbett <bcorbett@netcom.com>
>To: Haiti mailing list <haiti@lists.webster.edu>
>Subject: #859: Ginen questions: Bell asks more (fwd)
>Date: Mon, 8 Nov 1999 15:39:47 -0800 (PST)
>From: madison bell <mbell@goucher.edu>
>I was wondering what Gage Averill would say also when I sent my first
>post-- his reply prompts another question.
>Does the idea of Ginen being the power at the right hand begin with sanba
>and misik razin, or is it older than that?
>My impression from visits to various places is that Hounfo
>anthropologically typed as Rada are apt to identify themselves as  Ginen
>nowadays.... they tend to specially serve the Rada manifestations of the

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