Blurry boundaries between Ṅwali and Jehovah in some Tshivenḓa modern poems

Theologia Viatorum

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Title Blurry boundaries between Ṅwali and Jehovah in some Tshivenḓa modern poems
Creator Sebola, Moffat
Subject Tshivenda; Folklore; Tshivenda Traditional Religion Christianity; Hellenisation; Jehovah; Mudzimu; Ṅwali; Raluvhimba; Tshivenḓa traditional religion.
Description Contrary to some Vhavenḓa poets who recognise Ṅwali and/or Raluvhimba as Jehovah, this article argues that Ṅwali and Jehovah are two distinct deities. It further asserts that there is no kinship or continuity between these deities. Although there are possibilities of there being some similarities of attributes between these deities, their conceptual distinctions highlight significant incongruities between them. Ṅwali in Tshivenḓa traditional religion (TTR) is identified as the Semitic Ṅwali, which is arguably evidence that there has been a ‘Hellenisation’ of TTR and the Vhavenḓa’s concept of God. Consequently, the Vhavenḓa have been left with essentially two distinct deities to consider – a fact that has contributed and still contributes immensely to the ambivalence of the modern-day Vhavenḓa’s spiritual lifestyle. This article might add to the ongoing discourse on the decolonisation of African traditional religions and their attendant theology.
Publisher AOSIS Publishing
Contributor National Institute for the Humanities and Social Sciences
Date 2023-02-20
Type info:eu-repo/semantics/article info:eu-repo/semantics/publishedVersion — Literary Analysis
Format text/html application/epub+zip text/xml application/pdf
Identifier 10.4102/tv.v47i1.160
Source Theologia Viatorum; Vol 47, No 1 (2023); 10 pages 2664-2980 0378-4142
Language eng
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