may, 2018

30may6:30 pm9:30 pmKigaliLit - Trésors du Burundi Ancestraltogether with poet Eric 1key and Burundian author Perpétue Miganda, who will read from her book 'Trésors du Burundi Ancestral'6:30 pm - 9:30 pm Kigali Public Library


Event Details

For this month’s KigaliLit we invited Burundian author Perpétue Miganda, who will read from her book ‘Trésors du Burundi Ancestral’ and discuss together with poet Eric 1key about the balancing act of following traditional cultural techniques in a globalised culture. The discussion will raise questions of how Burundian and Rwandan myths are related, what we can learn from the myths and how the old knowledge is translated into today’s society.

Join us for the reading and discussion, learn and share your knowledge about ‘trésors’ and myths then and now.

The event will be hold in English and French.

About the Book:

‘Trésors du Burundi Ancestral’ is Perpétue Migandas first novel. It lets us immerse in the society of a country, that over millenials developed ancestral knowledge whose main theme was harmony and cohesion in all aspects of life. The Burundian people venerated a single God ‘Imana’ through Kiranga, the intermediary between Imana and men. The people gathered around a ‘mwami’ king called ‘Sebarundi’, the father of the nation, father of all Burundians.
Very close to nature, Burundians had developed an art of life based on love, mutual aid, respect for justice and authority and a hard work for all members of society. It is a people that excelled in technologies that respect the environment and biodiversity. The kingdom emphasized a unitarian governance that gave room to everyone, even the most vulnerable groups in society. It came with the external contributions that this model of society has been demolished and that the country entered a cycle of endless violence, causing deep social trauma as well as the loss of identity references.
In the form of testimonials and scenes from everyday life, ‘Trésors du Burundi Ancestral’ illustrates which myths can still be found until today.


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(Wednesday) 6:30 pm - 9:30 pm


Kigali Public Library

Kigali Public Library, KN 8 Avenue, Kigali, Rwanda

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