Posted: March 13, 2012 in Uncategorized

Capoeira-inspired search influenced bya facebook discussion on Heaven and Hell-

I’m always intrigued by our enslaved ancestors’ spiritual beliefs – sometimes I have to pause thinking of that life:

The Kikongo word for “threshold between worlds” is Kalunga. For people of Africa who ended up in the slave trade ports of New Orleans and Charleston, the Kalunga Line was specifically the Atlantic Ocean.[1] They believed the soul after death traveled the path of the sun as it set in the west. The enslaved believed they were being taken to the land of the dead, never to return. Thus the Kalunga line became known as a line under the Atlantic Ocean where the living became the dead and the only way back to life was to recross the line. Some religions today still make reference to the Kalunga Line believing that the soul of an African-American travels back to Africa upon death and re-enters the world of the spiritually living although the body has passed on.Image


not so much emphasized in our club but in my readings on African Martial Traditions the Kalunga served a pivotal role in the training of warriors. The inversion of the body- head and hands to the ground, feet up- was seen as a way of appealing to the spirit world, toย 


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