oa Missionalia : Southern African Journal of Mission Studies - Is Somhlolo's dream a scandal for Swazi hegemony? The Christian clause debate re-examined in the context of prospects for religious accommodation

Volume 33, Issue 3
  • ISSN : 0256-9507



Evangelical scholars and some Zionist sentiments have declared Swaziland a Christian country. The ideological foundation of this ambitious call is King Somhlolo's dream on the coming of the white missionaries and settlers to Swaziland. This paper argues that the King's dream need not be subjected to a particular, monolithic interpretation. A literal interpretation of .the dream has the potential of landing Swaziland into a religiously polarised scenario. This paper gives pointers to two alternative readings of the dream, while arguing that the dominant or popular interpretation seems unhelpful in the creation of community in the kingdom of Swaziland.

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