#1 What is Asili?

In order to explain the root cause of racial bias and ethnic prejudice, we have developed a series of conversations of Marimba Ani’s 1994 book Yurugu, which are then divided into many short episodes. Yurugu in Dogon Mythology is a being responsible for disorder, disharmony, dehumanization, discrimination, racism, and hatred in the world. In this episode, we discuss the concept of Asili, which is “the matrix of a cultural entity which must be identified in order to make sense of the collective creations of its members.” Here, the Asili takes us inside the European mindset to understand the world and the foundations of racial and cultural discrimination.

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