oa Missionalia : Southern African Journal of Mission Studies - The Truth and Reconciliation Commission: a national ritual?

Volume 26, Issue 1
  • ISSN : 0256-9507



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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