(W)riting and (de)scribing martyrdom: The church’s construction of Manche Masemola

HTS Teologiese Studies/Theological Studies

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Title (W)riting and (de)scribing martyrdom: The church’s construction of Manche Masemola
Creator Mokgoatšana, Sekgothe
Subject — Manche Masemola; martyrdom; martyr; torture; persecution; sacrifice
Description The purpose of this article is to describe how the Manche Masemola narrative crafts and constructs her as a martyr; dying in defence of her faith in the face of fierce religious competition between her Sepedi culture and Anglican faith. Manche is constructed as an extraordinary person who symbolises Virtue, battling with Vice. This article will examine Manche’s personality, and how the various commentators put her against unbearable conditions which only an extraordinary person can face. Tropes of torture, sacrifice and persecution will receive attention as instruments to construct martyrdom. This article will use primary and secondary data available to collect data. Data will be broken into themes and analysed using a narrative method.Contribution: This article continues a long debate of martyrdom and sainthood. It probes further the polysemous nature of martyrdom, its complexity, as well as the politics that go with it.
Publisher AOSIS
Date 2020-11-23
Type info:eu-repo/semantics/article info:eu-repo/semantics/publishedVersion — —
Format text/html application/epub+zip text/xml application/pdf
Identifier 10.4102/hts.v76i4.6120
Source HTS Teologiese Studies / Theological Studies; Vol 76, No 4 (2020); 6 pages 2072-8050 0259-9422
Language eng
Relation https://hts.org.za/index.php/hts/article/view/6120/16396 https://hts.org.za/index.php/hts/article/view/6120/16395 https://hts.org.za/index.php/hts/article/view/6120/16397 https://hts.org.za/index.php/hts/article/view/6120/16394
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