By Oyekan Owomoyela
Zimbabwe, previously often called Rhodesia, received its independence from nice Britain in 1980 but maintains to suppose the impression of Western life and prejudices. This wealthy, available assessment freshly examines Zimbabwe, evoking the modern methods of existence in a mostly homogenous and agricultural country.Students and normal readers will notice a fascinating narrative that levels from a proof of the beer tradition to a strong dialogue of marriage, relations, and gender roles from the Zimbabwean viewpoint. Owomoyela additionally authoritatively conveys the coexistence of conventional and Western forces this present day in such parts as faith and song. A chronology and thesaurus accompany the textual content.
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It commanded the people who had assembled to hear it to shut their eyes, and when they later opened them, they beheld a rich feast with abundant beer laid on the ground. After they had eaten and drunk to their satisfaction, the voice asked them again to shut their eyes, and on reopening them they saw that all trace of the feast was gone, but not their feeling of satiety. To the extent that there is direct worship of Mwari, it takes place in shrines usually located in caves and sacred mountains throughout the country.
32, “Zimbabwe in Crisis: Finding a Way Forward,” July 12, 2001, 6. 9. ” October 12, 2001, 11. 10. Ibid. 6596D CH01 UG 9/20/02 5:35 PM Page 26 6596D CH02 UG 9/20/02 5:36 PM Page 27 2 Thought and Religion RELIGION CHRISTIANITY IS THE MAIN RELIGION in Zimbabwe, commanding the allegiance of an estimated 40–50 percent of the population. A Portuguese attempt to establish Christianity in the area in 1561 proved abortive, and it was the Reverend Robert Moffat of the London Missionary Society who laid the firm foundation of the religion at Inyati in 1859.
They also see his manifestation in stars, comets, and meteors, in lightning and storms, and in such awesome phenomena as the Matopo Mountains. Although the Ndebele join the rest of the country in worshiping Mwari (whom they call uMlimu), they yet maintain belief in their own supreme being, or God, Unkulunkulu. ” Mwari Worship At the time of the Ndebele invasion Mwari’s cult was already the established religion of the Rozvi, and it soon won the allegiance of the conquerors. The cult is secret, and accordingly knowledge of it is confined to initiates.
Culture and Customs of Zimbabwe: by Oyekan Owomoyela