Monday, March 5, 2012
Whistling at Night
I know I mentioned this briefly in class today, but when I read the line about the Igbo superstition that whistling at night summoned spirits and ghosts I was immediately struck. My dad and other older relatives always tell me this too! I don't think I really believe in it (heck, I don't even know if i believe in spirits and ghosts) but I thought it was really cool that an idea that I grew up with that most likely has an Asian/Taiwanese root is the exact same as an African idea. Maybe we do have a collective human consciousness or memory like Yeats referred to.