Religion and Ancestors

“Missionaries did a number on us!” I twitted something to this effect on sunday after watching #AmaBishop episode 11.

I am of the belief that we are spiritual beings having a human experience. I also believe that God is omniscient, omnipotent and omnipresent. What I do not believe is that the entirety of God’s being is contained in a book written by human beings and used to subdue certain groups of people.

This is my creed y’all. You don’t have to agree with me or subscribe to it.

The whole concept of our culture and traditions being reduced to a religion is ubsurd to say the least.

I’m Meu Yethi Jwara, 3rd daughter kaTiyoni(kuMaMzobe) kaMlunjwa(kuMaNyuswa), kaMbidlane kaMgwabashe kaMdambiso on my paternal side kaMaMzobe kaMaDlungwane (noJoji kaDzani Mzobe) kaMaMbhele on my maternal side, just to confuse you.

This is who I am. The mitochondrial DNA in every cell, making up my body tells of this history. My being is not a religion.

The wisdom of my forefathers in medicine, agriculture, climatology and technology is not ungodly, nor is it inferior to western medicine, and technology. Both of which are not detailed in the Bible by the way.

We seem to have confused westernization with godliness. When the Catholic church in Southern Africa started talking about inculturation, I remember with such embarrassment how resistant, infact vehemently opposed I was to the idea that my ancestors were not demons.

Our indoctrination and subsequent internalization of the demonization of our ancestors, culture and traditions is deeply entrenched in our minds and embedded in our psyche. Let’s face this possibility that we might never fully be able to reconcile being both African and Christian. With the same breath, we have to concede that we may never become decolonized.

My two cents ends here for now. Have a productive week further. #decolonizeyourmind #decolonizeGod


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I'm a dark-skinned black woman who loves life, fashion, food and books. I am a writer at heart. I am fat and fabulous. I enjoy traveling and exploring. I am creative and smart. Welcome to my world!

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