By Tabona Shoko
Tabona Shoko contends that faith and therapeutic are intricately intertwined in African religions. This e-book at the faith of the Karanga humans of Zimbabwe sheds mild on vital methodological matters correct to analyze within the research of African religions. Analysing the conventional Karanga perspectives of the explanations of disorder and ailment, mechanisms of prognosis at their disposal and the equipment they use to revive well-being, Shoko discusses the perspectives of a selected African autonomous Church of the Apostolic culture. the realization Shoko reaches in regards to the important spiritual matters of the Karanga humans is derived from certain box study including interviews and player commentary. This e-book testifies that the centrality of overall healthiness and wellbeing and fitness isn't just constrained to conventional faith yet displays its adaptive power in new non secular platforms happen within the phenomenon of self sufficient church buildings. instead of succumbing to the folly of static generalizations, Tabona Shoko deals vital insights right into a specific society upon which theories may be reassessed, including new dimensions to fashionable positive factors of the non secular scene in Africa.
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The traditional structure of chiefdom, wards and villages headed by chiefs, sub-chiefs and kraal-heads was affected. After independence the ruling government introduced new structures, videcos and wadcos and councillors to administer alongside the traditional and colonial systems. In the past land was readily available, but with modernity land became scarce. Shifting cultivation ceased and people resorted to land rotation using fertilizers and chemicals to improve the land. Urbanization created towns, farms and irrigations.
This is authenticated by witnesses. They cut the cake and the boy gives a piece each to members of the family of his father-in-law. The girl does the same to her in-laws. This trains the bride and bridegroom to be hospitable to relatives from both sides of the families. The church ceremony involves singing. Afterwards the party moves to obtain photographs for their wedding before they head home. At home the people prepare food. The father-in-law kills an ox which is eaten on the occasion. Food and drinks are served.
This is inﬂuenced by the fact that a man is ‘indigenous’. His history and origin are important. He resides at his original birthplace where his umbilical cord is buried. In this way he has links with ancestors at home. A woman is considered ‘foreign’. At marriage she leaves her own home and joins the husband. She loses her totem and acquires the husband’s clan name. So her status becomes invidious. She is associated with witchcraft. She bewitches people and exhumes graves at night. She eats human ﬂesh.
Karanga Indigenous Religion in Zimbabwe (Vitality of Indigenous Religious Series) by Tabona Shoko