Togo- Understand the Evala games in the country of Kabyè!

On their visible face, Evala consists of a fierce struggle between young people, often fiercely fighting in the arenas, from one canton to another. And because these rituals took place in the native prefecture of the President of the Republic, they aroused many consciences and were eventually presented as a national event due to the effective presence of the Head of State personally and by many great experts. in power as well as the curious, tourists and so on.

But beyond this story, Evala is a fundamental stage in the process of young Kabyè’s social integration. The struggles themselves constitute a state of mind characteristic of Kabyè and push every young person to evaluate himself in life compared to others in his age group. But why should young people evaluate themselves in this way?

It is appropriate to allow him to fully realize his need and the margin he has in the project of building a strong community that will thrive every day by relying on his strong arms to defend his cause if required.

This is truly a great opportunity for the community to remind every young person of their duty to the community, which takes hard work on their part to be strong, fit and above all combative throughout his or her life. …

This is why, during the process that leads to the struggles themselves, young people observe a strict purity of life, with a view to optimizing their physical, psychic and even spiritual possessions. They have a right to dog meat that must be transmitted to them the animal-specific values ​​in question, namely perseverance, fighting spirit, the will to win, loyalty and pride in service, because the everyone knows that hunting. The dog never hunts for himself, but for his master.

Therefore, young people who eat dog meat and practice wrestling, know that life is a fight, but fight that the dividends are not only for the stomach of the young man, but for his parents, in his family, his community. Thus is born the conscience of the young, the spirit that governs the culture for the good of the many, but at the same time also, the sacrifice for others.

All of this is, in fact, part of the Kabeyè way of thinking and living based on community life, the complementarity, unity and the culture of values ​​that allow living together, emphasizing the strengths and weaknesses of each. usa. son and each daughter, to allow them, each in his own way, to know what he needs to do to be better, and thus better contribute to the life of society.

So seen under this prism, the traditional Evala struggle is not a simple story to distract or delight the masses, but an instrument of education and shaping the mind of the warrior among the youth. So, a real young Kabyè from the mold of such a strict process of instilling these qualities of personality, knows that he has to eat life only by the sweat on his forehead.

He should also not cheat or use ridiculous, bad or dishonest means to obtain material things that are not necessarily decent and should use his instincts for this purpose.

Overall, Evala, which constitutes a determined link in the educational process of young Kabyè, has been involved in building honest, honest, serious and above all citizens to fight for hardly shrinking in the face of adversity such as shooting from the side, the specific where the spinal cord, but willing to engage in noble causes to make themselves fully useful to their community while giving real meaning to their lives .

Because of all this philosophy of life on which Kabyè based its existence and built its community, it emerged that like all other communities in the country and even on our continent, healthy values ​​allowed for a smooth evolution. in our societies already. anaa .; It is enough, of course, to work tirelessly for their promotion, to easily free oneself from the problems of social injustice, corruption or looting and other evils that weaken our countries and sadly prevent them from real progress in terms of development and effective fulfillment. of their people.

Luke Abaki

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