Tyi Wara – ‘Earth Hero’
A brand new Toto Tales production for 2012
When the Sky goddess Mousso Koroni falls in love with an earth spirit, their love is rewarded with the birth of Tyi Wara. When he is grown, he leaves his mother, choosing to return to the earth in the form of a graceful and striking antelope.
He sees the people struggling and teaches them the importance of good, sustainable agriculture. Advising them on how to make fertile the land, encouraging social collaboration for the greater good of the community and ensuring that their knowledge was transferred down the generations.
The Tyi Wara philosophy is akin to the philosophies of so many communities around the world and the quote which sums it up best for me is Rudyard Kipling‘s famous quote:
“Now this is the Law of the Jungle—as old and as true as the sky; and the wolf that shall keep it must prosper, but the wolf that shall break it must die.
As the creeper that girdles the tree-trunk, the Law runneth forward and back; For the strength of the Pack is the Wolf, and the strength of the Wolf is the Pack.”
In modern times, the Tyi Wara is celebrated every year at harvest time, when the men compete against each other to determine which one is the ‘hero of work’ the Tyi Wara. If they are the fastest, strongest, best worker, then they achieve glory until the next harvest when they must compete again. This tradition is celebrated with Tyi Wara masks and costume.
The performance of Tyi Wara will be as part of the MESP festival 2012 Where: Scottish Storytelling Centre Date: 29th February 2012 Time: 19:00 sharp!!!
Please do come and support us and enjoy an absolutely unique evening of physical storytelling, contemporary dance and beautiful live sounds of the balafon, kora and drums.