n Latin American Report - New voices of healing in contemporary Zimbabwe

Volume 27, Issue 2
  • ISSN : 0256-6060



The aim of this paper is to explore the idea of healing, rehabilitation and restitution in the everyday social praxis of ordinary people. The paper does so by examining the voices of 'departed' freedom fighters who have been reincarnated through the agency of youths in Zimbabwe. It is part of the argument of this paper, that through these voices the 'possessed' youth attempt to re-insert part of Zimbabwe's history that had been buried by communal amnesia but is now surfacing due to the success of the land reforms. The idea of the myth of eternal return of the 'dead freedom fighters' enacted through the voices of possessed hosts attempts to stabilize the very idea of community and bring 'closure' to the issues related to the need for healing and rehabilitation.

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