In West Afrika, the ability of women to walk with large loads atop the head was considered a demonstration of balance. Balance is deified as iwapele. This means “balanced character.” It has been misinterpreted by Oyinbo to mean “good character,” but good character is called iwarere. Iwapele is something beyond just good, but the balance, the harmony, the grace. It is not goodness, but balance that is the nature of the universe. Balanced character, iwapele, is perfection.



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