Bantus to you!

Credit: Robbert van der Steeg via Creative Commons

You mean you have never heard of bantus??  Nor had I, until last night.  These are exercises in imagery.  Who (or whom? 🙂 ) of us could not use practice with this underestimated technique?

According to Sheila Bender and her 2008 article from Writer’s Digest,  the Bantus are an African tribe that chant these imagery thingys (technically called an oral poetic tradition)  while working.  To the rhythm of the work, one worker chants a line and the others chant a response.  It would sound something like this:

Worker 1:  The ebb and flow of the ocean

Worker 2: The ups and downs of life

Worker 1: A  Jack-o-Lantern of Halloween

Worker 2: A child’s snaggletoothed smile

They are beautiful interpretations of everyday objects or occurances.  By practicing bantus, one sharpens his/her imagery skills; honing the artistic eye.  For non-writers this gives a new light in which to see things.  I dare say, you could develop a new lens through which to see life.  Wouldn’t that be profound? 🙂

You get the gist?  Good. 🙂

Here is your assignment (I cannot shake the teacher in me).  Your assignment, should you choose to accept it, is to produce three (3) examples of bantus and post them in the comments.  Easy enough?  Great! I can’t wait to see what we can do together! 

By the way, I encourage EVERYONE to participate in the fun, not just the writer-types.:) 

Feel free to leave other comments as well…like, you loved or hated this idea!

© Tania Dakka and Chaotic Musing, 2011

This entry was posted in Random.

6 comments on “Bantus to you!

  1. Debra Brown says:

    Now, if I have the idea….

    W1: The open and close of the curtain.

    W2: The bow and wave of the star.

  2. Debra Brown says:

    It is fun to learn of the customs of different peoples. Thanks for bringing this out.

  3. Tania Dakka says:

    Here is my attempt (I DEFINITELY need practice!)

    Stars in the sky
    An artist’s splattered canvas

    Palms lining the promenade
    Soldiers standing watch

    My hubby in the recliner as his friends visit
    The Godfather receiving and entertaining requests of guests (bahahaha!)

  4. Debra Brown says:

    Scary to put it into print, o is it not?
    Hoping to raise a little smile, give it a shot.


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