Most of us know about the story of Adam and Eve eating the forbidden fruit in the Garden of Eden.
For those of you who are unfamiliar, here is a quick recap…
It has been said that God created the first man, (Adam) and the first woman, (Eve) and let them live in the Garden of Eden to take care of the animals and tend to the land. He told them that they could essentially do as they please, except eat from the tree of Good and Evil and if they did it would kill them. Then one day, Satan came along in the form of a serpent and tempted Eve into eating the fruit from the tree of Good and Evil and Eve shared the fruit with her husband, Adam. As a result, the two were naked and felt shame so they clothed themselves with fig leaves. These two were the ones who created original sin.
In the novel Baho! by Roland Rugero, the opening image that is created is one that reflects the Biblical story of Adam and Eve.
“It’s November, and the heavens are naked.
Ashamed, they try to tug a few clouds over to cover up under the merciless sun, which brings their nakedness unflinchingly to light.” (1)
The opening image also goes on to reflect on how the land that was once abundant and supple is now dry and running low on resources. This is a direct reflection of the results of colonization and missionization. By using the parallel with the story of Adam and Eve, the author was able to reference how invading cultures come in during colonization and use religion as an initial “nicety” to try and convince indigenous populations that they are there to save their country and reform them in the best way possible. When the dominating group is not successful with their “peaceful/religious” reformations, they often become violent and oppressive.
There is a specific image speaking about how the water sources have depleted,
“Not so long ago the water there was clear and crystalline, abundant. Now it is gone. A dry November.” (1)
Within a biblical sense, one could also infer that due to colonization, there has been so much irreparable damage done to the people and the land that there is no more water to wash away the “sins” that resulted from injustice. Water is viewed to be pure and can cleanse is more than one way, since that is now gone, we could say that the damage from colonization cannot be reversed.