Sitshebo, Wilson T. (2001)
Ph.D. thesis, University of Birmingham.
In this contextual study I investigate why and how the traditional approach to mission, engaged by Anglican missionaries, gave rise to a dual observance of ritual among Shona Anglican Christians. I begin by establishing the significance and essence of Shona views of death and the dead, then investigate the missionaries' historical background. I highlight that Christian arrogance, in the guise of racial superiority, underlies the confrontational and condemnatory approach. Traditional views were considered evil, in their place, Shona converts were forced to adopt western Christian views as the only acceptable and valid way of coping with this eschatological reality. These views did not usually fit the Shona worldviews and religious outlook, hence the adoption of dual observance. For some, life continues to be classified as either Christian or traditional and never both. However, some present Shona Anglican practices reflect a desire to integrate the two. Unless there is this integration, the Church remains other and irrelevant to the Shona people.
|Type of Work:||Ph.D. thesis.|
|Supervisor(s):||Parratt, John K.|
|School/Faculty:||Schools (1998 to 2008) > School of Historical Studies|
|Department:||Department of Theology|
|Keywords:||Dual religious observance, Anthropology, Folklore, Philosophy, Religion|
BV Practical Theology
|Institution:||University of Birmingham|
|Library Catalogue:||Check for printed version of this thesis|
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