NOVEMBER 10 — MIRIAM MAKEBA
“Mama Africa.” South African songstress, anti-apartheidist.
NOVEMBER 10, 2009 HOLIDAYS AND FESTIVALS
Lousa, Portugal: ST. MARTIN’S EVE, FESTIVAL OF SANTA BEBIANA, said to be Martin’s sister. The name derives from “beber” (“to drink”). Martin, patron of revelry, presides over slaughter of festival pigs. Torchlight procession with “Bebiana” in wheelbarrow, a flask to her lips. She then delivers a sermon on the evils of drunkenness, a temperance hymn is sung, and everyone gets stinking drunk.
STANK DANCE IN PERPETUAL PEACE DAY. FESTIVAL OF SPIRITUAL INDOLENCE.
ALSO ON NOVEMBER 10 IN HISTORY…
1483 — Anti-Church of Rome reformer Martin Luther born, Eisleben, Germany.
1697 — British satirist engraver William Hogarth born, London, England.
1879 — Patrick Henry Pearse, Irish freedom fighter, born, Dublin, Ireland.
1891 — Gay French gun-runner, poet Arthur Rimbaud dies, Marseilles.
1891 — Polish anarchist Simon Radowitzky born, Stepanesso, Ukraine.
1973 — Kurt Vonnegut’s Slaughterhouse 5 burned as “tool of the Devil” by school
board, and teacher who assigned it fired, Drake, North Dakota.
1995 — Eco-activist Ken Saro-Wiwa hanged, Port Harcourt, Nigeria.
2008 — South African singer Miriam Makeba dies, Castel Volturno, Caserta, Italy.
Excerpted from The 2009 Autonomedia Calendar of Jubilee Saints: Radical Heroes for the New Millennium by James Koehnline and the Autonomedia Collective