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The Shona Ancestral Cosmology

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This chapter shows colonial and missionary prejudices that began in 1890 and continued until 1980. It also shows the extent to which Africans have become subjects of biblical interpretation by promoting the African conceptual frame of reference, especially the ancestral world view of the Shona people. The chapter presents a brief synopsis of the traditional Shona religion and culture. It defines how colonization and Western Christianity negatively impacted the Shona people's ancestral beliefs. The traditional Shonas believe that a father or mother who cares for and loves his or her child must be well informed of the child's struggles and joys. The Shona people believe the ancestors are present with them, and venerating them is of utmost importance. The ancestors are dependent on God's will, and they take the role of mediators.

Keywords: Africans; ancestors; Colonization; Shona religion; Western Christianity

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