Coming to Terms with My Religion III

Speaking in tongues, also referred to as gift of tongues or glossolalia, is a phenomenon that occurs when a person experiencing religious ecstasy or a trance utters incomprehensible sounds that they believe are a language spoken through them by a god or deity. It is believed that a person speaking in tongues is temporarily being gifted the ability to speak a language they do not know. (

My mother spoke in tongues ALOT

I had a brother who was mental impaired, he was not given enough oxygen at birth and it affected his mental capacity greatly. My brother was aggressive and violent, and my Mom moved him back home so she could get his Social Security Checks.

As long as he was hitting and attacking me…then there was no problem…She told me I was the problem. I got out of this Hell as soon as I could, and my Father was dead, so she was left alone with her son. Of course he started attacking her and being violent, she had to call the police more than once. Needless to say she shipped him off immediately after that.

Back to the story…my brother would go in fits of rage and start lashing out and screaming, my mother believed this was the work of the Devil, so she would start wailing and screeching in Tongues to rebuke the Devil to leave him alone. It was dramatic, traumatic and happened often during the week.

Is this Normal?? Someone ….Anyone?

Published by Tina Sun Henderson

I am a Writer, Artist and Human Rights Advocate. I also have a dream about this project. I wanted to hear the voices of my Sisters. Their Voices speaking truth to power, her stories and dreams, and nightmares that she needs/must express.  “A strong woman stands up for herself. A stronger woman stands up for everybody else.” – Unknown

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