Black Moses Quotes

Mabanckou, Alain
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Papa Moupelo stood for tolerance, absolution and redemption, while Dieudonné Ngoulmoumako was the embodiment of malice and disrespect.
-- Moses (Loango: 1-24)

Importance: Moses contrasts the two father figures in his life. He emphasizes the different way they treated the children of the orphanage, with Papa Moupelo’s type of authority being kinder and making him more well liked.

The girls, meanwhile, merely worked through the steps of the dance of the Zairian Pygmies, solemnly observing the taboos on their sex which we boys knew had been dreamed up at the dawn of time by men, to stop women discovering the little pleasures of life.
-- Moses (Loango: 1-24)

Importance: Moses observes the girls doing this while the boys behave noisily, imitating Papa Moupelo’s old car. He has already noticed the difference in what is considered acceptable behavior for the different genders.

Religion is the opiate of the people.
-- Pioneers Awake! Bulletin (Loango: 25- 50)

Importance: This quote was published in the socialist propaganda magazine “Pioneers...

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