Wednesday, 18 September 2013

Eden in Malawi

First brief of the semester was a week long with the theme 'Eden'. We had to think about what Eden is, where it is and who lives there.
I came up with the idea of Eden as my favourite place, a mountain in Malawi called 'Mulanje'. The beauty at the top of the mountain is a stark contrast to the poverty and hardship of those living at the bottom, who often work long, draining hours picking tea leaves from the fields surrounding the base of the mountain.
At the very top of Mulanje is a peak called 'Sapitwa', which means 'don't go there' in the local language, Chichewa. I have likened this peak to the temptation of the 'Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil' in the biblical garden Eden.
Do you go there even though it is advised not to? Or are you content with what you have been given?