oa Missionalia : Southern African Journal of Mission Studies - The Truth and Reconciliation Commission: a national ritual?
|Article Title||The Truth and Reconciliation Commission: a national ritual?|
|© Publisher:||Southern African Missiological Society (SAMS)|
|Journal||Missionalia : Southern African Journal of Mission Studies|
|Affiliations||1 Parliamentary Editor for SABC Radio|
|Publication Date||Apr 1998|
|Pages||05 - 16|
|Keyword(s)||""Scapegoat"" ritual, Being chosen one, Blessed greater community, Daily report, Exorcism of terrible memories, Hearing, Letting go the Bad, Media coverage, Metaphors, Microphone symbol, Personal zone, Rol of police, Sacred spaces, Symbols, Television news ritual, Victim statements, Violations and Visuals|
The article looks at the different kinds of rituals taking place within the work of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) In South Africa. These are: the television news ritual; the ritual of choosing a venue for the hearings in a town; the inaugural worship service in the local township on the Sunday before the hearings commence; the acknowledging of a sacred space for victims; initiation into being one of the few who have been chosen; the exorcism of terrible memories; becoming part of the blessed greater community; and finally the subtle 'scapegoat' ritual that were always responsible (thus creating a nation of martyrs).
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