Whoosh! Issue 95 - November 2004
Letters to the Editor

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Topics Covered: Kahina; Henna Tattoos; Hercules: the legendary Journeys; Xena Subtitles; Wherefore Art Thou, Inuyasa; Help for a Friend in need

Letters To The Editor


From: Name withheld by request
Sent: Wednesday, October 06, 2004 3:03 AM
Subject: Kahina

Michael Klossner asked me to write a letter about Kahina for Whoosh!

My husband is Kabyle, the largest Berber tribe to have still retained its language and customs in central Algeria, just East of Algiers. It is a mountain range the size of Scotland, called Djurdjura, where parts of the Jerawa tribe fled to after Kahina Dihya's death.

If you ever get to visit this area, and observe the culture, trees being grown, crafts etc, you will find that the cultural traces of Judaism are still there. Part of the area is called 'little Jerusalem'. Old women still count the weeks by when Saturday comes round, even if under Arabisation Friday is the offical weekend. The language is related to Hebrew, although is has not been written for hundreds of years. Among the 6 to 8 million decendants of the Jerawa tribe, about 2 to 3 million still speak Kabyle. A rudimentary form of bagels they call 'bennies' (= little Ben) and 'special unleavened square flat bread' are still made for special occasions.

All the old people I talked to there are very clear that Kahina Dihya was a Jewish queen, who told her sons/decendants to convert to Islam if she got killed, which she was in 702. A model of Khahina used to be in the national museum in Algiers, which my husband could not show me in 1990, since it 'had been put in the cellar for "safe" keeping two years before'. Politically the Arabisation of the Magreb makes any reference to this heritage quite dangerous in the current climate.

Needless to say that the main resistance movement against French collonialism was based within this area, when 8000 !!! Kabyle villages were eradicated during the 1954-61 independance war, often bombed with its inhabitants; and again today the main pressure for democracy and human rights are coming from among the Kabyles.

Popular as ever and still fighting for freedom - old habits don't die!

Check the Internet for Kabyle, Djurdjura, and Matoub Lounes, a very political singer, who got killed a few years ago for telling the truth. The argument is still not resolved if it was Islamic fundamentalists or government 'security' who did it, they have the same agenda to hide.

Henna Tattoos

From: Joyce
Sent: Wednesday, October 13, 2004 9:25 PM
Subject: question

Which was the episode where Gabrielle had the henna tattoos all over? I think they were applying them toward the end of the episode . . .


Hercules: The Legendary Journeys

From: Kerrie Barney
Sent: Sunday, October 24, 2004 8:05 PM
Subject: Hercules episode commentary

Hello wonderful episode guide people!

I was visiting the Hercules episode guide, trying to decide if it was worth buying the DVD sets, and I noticed you currently have no viewer commentaries posted for seasons 1-3...would you be interested in some? I'd be happy to submit writing samples etc. if you are, but thought I'd better see if you were interested in updating those pages before I did.

My best to you and thank you for all of Whoosh's wonderful guides...they've entertaining, helped me write lots of fan fiction, and settle quite a few arguments with freinds over the years.

YES!!! Please send us any and all commentaries you have. We are always looking for ways to improve the website and episode guide.

Xena Subtitles

From: Eidel
Sent: Sunday, October 31, 2004 2:57 AM
Subject: Xena's subtitles

Hello from Spain

I'd like to know if your (I must say "incredible") website provides Xena's subtitles in English. I'd really appreciate the information, or if you know where I can find them. You know, I know the Ddialogues from A to Z, in English and Spanish, but I'm afraid my friends would find it pretty difficult to understand, since they are not fans and... well... I'd like them to know the show in the original language.

Thanks a lot, and thanks for your work.

Whoosh.org provides a transcription for each Xena episode. In the episode guide, click on the "transcript" area.

Sent: Sunday, October 24, 2004 5:44 AM
Subject: Inuyasha

Hi, Just wondering if you know why Adult Swim has taken Inuyasha off the air.

Adult Swim has a huge slate of shows and it perioidically toates them. Do not worry, Inuyasha will be back.

Help for a Friend in Need

From: James Gottfried
Sent: Wednesday, October 20, 2004 7:27 AM
Subject: Requesting HELP For A Friend In Need!!

Hey Fellow XENITES!!

I'd like to enlist your help in spreading the word of our page for Anita Ellis' mother Marie. She was diagnosed with cancer in August and now I am trying my best to show how much fans care, either by their names listed on our Wing and A Prayer page or by donations.

Anything you can do to help would be great, link to the page, email to the Xena Fan club mailing list, whatever ;)

Thanks again! Any questions, please don't hesitate to ask!


A Friend in Need....

We can be proud to say that as fans in the Xenaverse, being a part of the greater good is one of our "Many Skills." In various times of need, Xena's fandom proven that our sense of charity knows no bounds. We hope to continue that on that path and help one who has helped so many others...

In August of this year, Anita Ellis, founder of the James Ellis Foundation, host of Creation's Charity Breakfasts, Dean of Students at Hofstra University, as well as family member and friend to so many, discovered that her own mother Marie was diagnosed with leukemia, an acute type of cancer labeled APL. Since that time, Anita and Marie have been combatting this illness and both of these strong women have been facing this obstacle with stern determination. Now, we'd like to help the ones who have helped so many others...

Now until January of 2005, the Xenaversity of Minnesota would like to ask for your donation to help battle this disease. As many of us know, hospital visit bills, medication, transportation and normal every day living adds up fast and every cent donated with help alleviate some of those burdens. Your donation can be $1.00, it can be $100.

If you can't afford to donate, that is ok too. We are also sending positive energy Marie's way through our WING and A PRAYER page, where your name can be added to yet another set of fluttering wings spreading hope and strength to New York!


Thank you for reading this and I hope that we can make a difference in someone's life that has made a difference in ours....

You can read more about the James Ellis Foundation here: http://xenaversity.com/library/ellis_foundation/

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