oa Alternation - Ideology and self-representation in The Calling of Katie Makanya

Volume 7, Issue 1
  • ISSN : 1023-1757



Social historians and anthropologists who have studied the social and cultural consequences of the encounter between Africa and the colonising Western countries have commented on the characteristic world-view of the Africans who embraced the coloniser's religion and its underlying cultural and political outlook. As also shown in their own writings and utterances, Africans who converted to Christianity during the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries seem to have understood the implications of accepting the religion of the Christian missionaries and the lifestyle associated with it: they were expected to renounce or radically re-define their own traditional belief systems, values and cultural practices and to adopt an alien world-view which was presented as having universal applicability and validity.

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