Christianity and the Shona
This study of religion in a Rhodesian tribe is based on Dr Murphree's continuous field work in the Shona community from 1962-4. It is thus more than an examination of the impact of Christian ideas on a traditional religion. The author's thesis is that there were factors in the indigenous religious system of the Shona which allowed them to assimilate Christianity as a viable alternative form of religion, and there is therefore an emphasis on the historical factors involved in the contemporary sociological situation, which the author is also concerned to analyse.
Table of Contents
PREFACE V I. INTRODUCTION I 2. BUDJGA SOCIETY 15 3. BUDJGA TRADITIONAL RELIGION 30 4. BUDJGA PROTESTANTISM (METHODISM) 60 5. BUDJGA CATHOLICISM 80 6. THE BUDJGA VAPOSTORI 92 7. RELIGION IN A BUDJGA COMMUNITY III 8. RELIGION IN BUDJGA SOCIETY 129 9. CONCLUSION 152 APPENDIX: TABLES 1-13 172 LIST OF WORKS CITED 191INDEX 195
The author was engaged in missionary work in Rhodesia for many years. He subsequently studied anthropology at the London School of Economics and this book is a revised and rewritten version of his doctoral thesis. His dual approach adds an extra dimension to his description of a community undergoing marked social change. Dr Murphree is a lecturer in anthropology at the University College of Rhodesia.