Grinding Song (Benin)

Part of the Matheson Trust Sacred Audio Collection

Millet flour mixed with water is in Fur language called “bora fatta” (“milk white”, i.e. mother’s milk) and is used as a blessing on several ritual occasions like circumcision, rain rituals, war rituals, treatment of diseases, weddings.

The Sanskrit name of the pestle is vajra, meaning also thunderbolt and diamond, or any mythical weapon destructive of spells or charms. In the Dharma traditions, the vajra stands for firmness of spirit and spiritual power. According to Chinese lore, a white rabbit can be seen on the moon, constantly pounding the elixir of life.

Grinding Song

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