oa South African Journal of Cultural History - Ou Kaapse liedeboeke: 'n kultuurhistoriese studie

Volume 6, Issue 1
  • ISSN : 1011-3053



A number of handwritten, decorated Cape hymn books, dating from the last quarter of the 18th and the first quarter of the 19th century have been preserved in archives and museums in South Africa. These old hymn books are unique manifestations of a spontaneous cultural creativity based on tradition but arising from and adapted to specific circumstances. The reasons why they carne into existence are discussed. Biographical particulars about a few of the owners of hymn books are given and the origins of some of the words and melodies are explored. The Western folk art motifs used in the decoration of the hymn books, by artists like Hendrik Penninghof, are elucidated.

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