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By Oyekan Owomoyela

Zimbabwe, previously referred to as Rhodesia, gained its independence from nice Britain in 1980 but keeps to consider the influence of Western existence and prejudices. This wealthy, available review freshly examines Zimbabwe, evoking the modern methods of lifestyles in a principally homogenous and agricultural country.Students and common readers will notice an enticing narrative that levels from an evidence of the beer tradition to a strong dialogue of marriage, kin, and gender roles from the Zimbabwean standpoint. Owomoyela additionally authoritatively conveys the coexistence of conventional and Western forces this present day in such components as faith and tune. A chronology and thesaurus accompany the textual content.

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Otherwise the ancestral spirits held sway. At the turn 6596D CH02 UG 9/20/02 5:36 PM Page 29 THOUGHT AND RELIGION 29 of the nineteenth century, the king, with his seat at Danangombe, became impatient with Mwari’s interference in state affairs and chased the spirit off with gunfire. ” These turned out to be Nguni raiders, the first of whom came under Zwangendaba. The king fled before them to the Matopos and eventually jumped off a cliff. By the time the next wave of Nguni arrived under Mzilikazi, the Rozvi state was in disarray.

If the rest admit guilt, they pay cattle to the family of the deceased, and a powerful medicine man is employed to lift the curse from them. The n’anga, being the ones who, through dreams, detect who is a witch or wizard and how to treat the effects of witchcraft, are in reality responsible for the existence of witchcraft, or at least they sustain the belief in the phenomenon. Ngozi Ngozi are the restless and vengeful spirits of people who died aggrieved. Four types of ngozi have been identified: the spirit of a murdered person; the spirit of a servant who was not paid for his services, or of someone from whom something was taken or borrowed and not returned; the spirit of a husband or wife who died unhappy by the spouse’s treatment of him or her; and the spirit of a parent wronged by his/her child.

Beauty that would elsewhere be omen, never provoking a quarrel. He is a succorer and provider: In trouble, danger, and pain, and in sadness as well We remember you both night and day. All our woes are your burden. It is you who deliver us from our ills. You who serve out to us our daily food. You who care for us all. But he also chastises, presumably when he wishes to alert the people to the need to correct some error in their ways. The concluding lines of the song remind one powerfully of some of the songs of penitence in the biblical book of Psalms: We weep on your account in these evil times.

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