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9013Re: [liturgy-l] Vestments & Colours

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  • M. Thannisch
    Jun 1, 2002
      Having just recently trying to impress upon my students the wide cultural
      diversity of Africa and the reasons for it, I am not at all surprised. I
      hope all of our churches there are sensitive to this. This is something I
      wish I had thought of when working with the Miskito Indians of Honduras. I
      only began to be sensitive in it when I realised that either (most) Miskitos
      are colour blind or for some reason do not distinguish between blue and

      Shalom in Yeshua ha Moshiach

      Michael Joe Thannisch

      ----- Original Message -----
      From: "Paul Weary" <paulweary@...>
      To: <liturgy-l@yahoogroups.com>
      Sent: Saturday, June 01, 2002 3:49 AM
      Subject: Re: [liturgy-l] Vestments & Colours

      > M. Thannisch wrote:
      > "I am told that in Africa, white is a sign of morning, and that in
      Ethiopia, red is a sign of resurrection."
      > Recently I prepared some prayers of thanksgiving for a member of my church
      who is an Ashanti from Ghana, in memory of her mother who died earlier this
      year. She showed me a video of the funeral in Ghana - a most impressive
      occasion. I was curious to observe that the family mourners wore black and
      red robes, the presiding ministers red stoles and many of the congregation
      had a red ribbon pinned to their clothes.
      > Apparently, for the Ashanti, red is the colour of deep mourning, explained
      to me as symbolising that 'our eyes are red with sorrow'. the red ribbon is
      equivalent to the black armband worn in western countries.
      > However, when we included the prayers of thanksgiving in worship several
      weeks later, all the family members who came were dressed in black and
      white. I'll have to check what the particular symbolism behind this is...
      > Shalom,
      > --
      > Paul Weary
      > Croydon, UK
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