The Sacred Grove of Oshogbo was one place I had been looking forward to visiting in Nigeria. As prevalent as indigenous religions still are in West Africa, it is often hard to find public expressions of them in towns and cities; the Christianity brought by European slavers and colonialists has taken root and pushed most of these religions out of mainstream life. But in the Sacred Grove shrines honor all the local deities, including Obatala, the god of creation, Ogun, the god of iron, and Oshun, the goddess of water, whose aqueous essence is made manifest by the river running through the trees. The place is unique in the Yoruba religion, and that intrigued me.
Unless you are in the 2 regions Caren mentioned, I live in NorCal, and the WM in my town have most of the shoppers there who are African American from the South( I can tell from the accent and some are from Texas to GA other than the other Southern states) CA ,being the most populous state has the most WMs so there will be visitors from the South who do stay in CA who only shop at WM plus the mild to hot weather(and getting hotter) and the ruralness of NorCal is reminds one of the native South plus if you get the military personnel from the South who only will shop at WM off base. As a long time CA native who lived in Va and GA, I don’t shop at Walmart, but i do see those from out of state(mostly from the South) who will only shop at the nearest Arkansas based WM traveling through in their RV from the main highway just to get the basic necessities and other mostly MADE IN CHINA items.
Adherence to the principle of productivity therefore threatens public health as well as the planet (actually, these are the same thing). By committing us to what is impossible, it makes for madness. The Nobel Prize-winning economist Angus Deaton said something like this when he explained anomalous mortality rates among white people in the Bible Belt by claiming that they’ve ‘lost the narrative of their lives’ – by suggesting that they’ve lost faith in the American Dream. For them, the work ethic is a death sentence because they can’t live by it.