Education in Oakland

Shamans and Dirty Bombs

Posted by novometro on March 13, 2007

The Los Angeles Times has a story about a 52-year-old woman who runs a shamanistic center in South Central. Born in New Orleans to a sugar cane farmer and a housewife, Sri Natha Devi (nee Claretta Cayette) moved to LA in 1973. It makes me think that there are not enough alternatives to Protestant, Catholic, and Muslim worship in Oakland’s poorest neighborhoods. It also reminded me of what Danjuma, a New Orleans-born Oakland writer, told me about his native city. Of all the North American centers of the African Diaspora, black New Orleans maintains the closest ties to African religions.

Meantime the Chronicle has an article about a voluntary RFID tag program at the Port of Oakland that underscores the spotty nature of port security.


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