oa Missionalia : Southern African Journal of Mission Studies - Deathly concern: African Christians and cremation in Zimbabwe
|Article Title||Deathly concern: African Christians and cremation in Zimbabwe|
|© Publisher:||Southern African Missiological Society (SAMS)|
|Journal||Missionalia : Southern African Journal of Mission Studies|
|Affiliations||1 History and Phenomenology of Religion, Department of Religious Studies, Classics and Philosophy, University of Zimbabwe, Harare|
|Publication Date||Apr 1999|
|Pages||10 - 19|
|Keyword(s)||African Christian-charismatics, Buddhist communities, Burial rituals, Existence continue, Finality of death, Hindu, Hygienic considerations, Judaism, Mummified corpse, Space shortage, Spiritual beliefs and Teological reflections|
Religion and culture permeate all areas of people's life. This article explores the issue of cremation in Zimbabwe by highlighting the attitudes of African Christians. It illustrates the tenacity of African culture and how this has shaped views regarding cremation. Since the indigenous culture has adopted burial as a means of disposing of the dead, converts to the migrant religion' have maintained this practice. In the light of this reality, the paper argues that Christianity should continue to be sensitive to African culture if it is to blossom. A short history of cremation is provided, as well as other reasons for the African Christian resistance to the practice.
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