By Israel Kamudzandu
"Father Abraham had many sons . . ." So is going the refrain that the Shona humans discovered from eu missionaries as a part of the wider event of colonization that they proportion with different African peoples. advised to desert their ancestors and include Christianity, the Shona in its place engaged in a fancy and ambiguous negotiation of ancestral myths, tradition, and power.
Israel Kamudzandu explores this legacy, exhibiting how the Shona present in the determine of Abraham himself a powerful source for cultural resistance, and makes fascinating comparisons with the methods the apostle Paul used a similar determine in his interplay with the ancestry of Aeneas in imperial myths of the future of the Roman humans. the result's a groundbreaking examine that mixes the easiest tradition-historical insights with postcolonial-critical acumen. Kamudzandu bargains eventually a version of multi-cultural Christianity solid within the event of postcolonial Zimbabwe.
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Míguez Eros and the Christ Longing and Envy in Paul’s Christology David E. Fredrickson 2 Acknowledgements AcknowledgementsI would like to thank the following people who assisted and took part in the production process of this book. First and foremost, I want to thank my colleague, mentor, and friend Professor Harold Washington, who encouraged me to continue doing research on postcolonial readings of the Bible, especially Pauline literature. His comments during our conversations greatly motivated me and set me on an adventure that resulted in this book.
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Notable artifacts that include huge soapstone birds have been discovered at Great Zimbabwe; these birds played a significant role in Shona religious culture. The bird, known in Shona as Shiri ya Mwari, Hungwe Shirichena, or God’s bird of white plumage, was familiar in and around Great Zimbabwe. Religiously, the bird’s function was to interpret the voice of God.  If this was the case, one can safely say that Great Zimbabwe was the epicenter of Shona religion and culture, and possibly the spiritual headquarters of the Shona ancestral cosmology.