Ruin and The Other: Towards a Language Of Memory

As I am from Africa, where our heritage is one of story-tellers, it is appropriate for me to start by relating a story to you: SHHHH!! The story has to do with a female American cultural anthropologist who was studying the Beng culture in a rural West African village on the Ivory Coast. 1 The Beng are a little known ethnic group who appear to understand best those things which are invisible.