n Missionalia : Southern African Journal of Mission Studies - The bird in our hands : challenges facing the ecumenical church in South Africa today : creative space

Volume 38, Issue 1
  • ISSN : 0256-9507



Every culture has a version of the story of a group of noisy, naughty and stuck-up youngsters who hatch up a trick with which to confront the village sage. In most versions the sage is wrinkled, old, female and black. Other versions add that she was also as blind as a bat. Yet other versions present the sage in the form of a tall, hunch-back, half-blind, toothless and walking-stick dependent old man. Invariably, the toffee-nosed youngsters are a bunch of urban boys.

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