I wanted to share an excerpt from the book 1421 The Year China Discovered America.
In it it says, ” Sixteen concubines were buried alive with Zhu Di. The complex was sealed as the cries of the doomed women marked the end of the mortal life of one of the greatest visionaries and gamblers in history.”
Loved how the author, Mr. Menzies, used descriptive words to paint a picture of those ill-fated girls being buried alive.
Who would have imagined a tradition practiced for centuries would ignite a catastrophic event known as the Spill Over, fortuitously originating from an infinitesimal mishap, occurring over a century ago?
The story begins with an African man ripping open the chest cavity of a slaughtered chimpanzee and accidentally cutting his finger in the process.
Several lifetimes would then come to pass when an American man, scarred by past tragedies, is offered a financial opportunity to venture to Uganda for volunteer work and to reconcile with his own loss.
However, it is in Uganda that we reconnect with the mishap and learn about a moment with immeasurable ramifications that reverberated throughout Uganda, and propelled a family into a bitter fight to overcome a depraved curse or precursor to HIV/AIDS.