By Israel Kamudzandu
"Father Abraham had many sons . . ." So is going the refrain that the Shona humans realized from ecu missionaries as a part of the wider event of colonization that they proportion with different African peoples. advised to desert their ancestors and embody Christianity, the Shona as an alternative engaged in a posh and ambiguous negotiation of ancestral myths, tradition, and power.
Israel Kamudzandu explores this legacy, displaying how the Shona present in the determine of Abraham himself a effective source for cultural resistance, and makes exciting 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 simplest tradition-historical insights with postcolonial-critical acumen. Kamudzandu deals ultimately a version of multi-cultural Christianity cast within the event of postcolonial Zimbabwe.
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David Livingstone and Cecil John Rhodes Although the Portuguese were the first to arrive in Zimbabwe, the Englishmen Livingstone and Rhodes occupy a major place in the exploration and evangelization of Africa, especially Zimbabwe. The two foreshadowed the colonization and missionary enterprise in and around Zimbabwe. David Livingstone came to Africa as an explorer under the leadership of Dr. Robert Moffat in 1841 and established a number of mission centers in and around Zimbabwe. In his travels within Zimbabwe, Livingstone was impressed by great rivers, which he thought were navigable on which he sought to reach the heart of Africa.
Cover image: Marianos and Hanina (6th century CE). The Sacrifice of Isaac. Detail: Abraham. 48-1984. A. com. 1 Other Books in the Series Other Books by the Author The Paul in Critical Contexts series offers cutting-edge reexaminations of Paul through the lenses of power, gender, and ideology. Apostle to the Conquered Reimagining Paul’s Mission Davina C. Lopez The Arrogance of Nations Reading Romans in the Shadow of Empire Neil Elliott Christ’s Body in Corinth The Politics of a Metaphor Yung Suk Kim Galatians Re-Imagined Reading Paul through the Eyes of the Vanquished Brigitte Kahl The Politics of Heaven Women, Gender, and Empire in the Study of Paul Joseph A.
I propose a more nuanced reason for decline. While salt is central in Shona traditions, it is also a symbol of wealth and prosperity. Thus, when Shona traditions mention the shortage of salt at Great Zimbabwe, it means that there was a great shortage of food supplies, pastures, fuel, gold, and copper not only at Great Zimbabwe but also around the city’s hinterland. The scarcity of natural resources at Great Zimbabwe gave birth to new Shona ethnic empires, ruled by Mutota, who was the chief architect of the Changamire Empire, the Mwenemutapa Empire in the northern part of Zimbabwe, and the Rozvi Empire and Matopo Hills in Matabeleland.