oa Missionalia : Southern African Journal of Mission Studies - Deathly concern: African Christians and cremation in Zimbabwe

Volume 27, Issue 1
  • ISSN : 0256-9507



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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