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The reality and relevance of seriti in the past and present: its essence and manifestation in an African religion perspective with special reference to the Northern Sotho

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dc.contributor.advisor Lübbe, G.J.A. en
dc.contributor.advisor Krüger, J.S. en
dc.contributor.author Rathete, Matome Bethuel en
dc.date.accessioned 2009-08-25T10:55:31Z
dc.date.available 2009-08-25T10:55:31Z
dc.date.issued 2009-08
dc.date.submitted 2007-09-30 en
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10500/1672
dc.description.abstract The thesis has to do with seriti in its tripartite manifestation that the researcher calls category A, B and C. Category A deals with oratory, wisdom, hospitality, kindness and generosity in the Northern Sotho's everyday interaction with other people. It also deals with ritual as part of strengthening the character of an individual. Category B deals with a human being in his/her interactions with ancestors who in turn end up conferring seriti upon him/her. Category C is the type of seriti that is almost antithetical to category A seriti. This type of seriti could be enhanced with the sole purpose of harming others or seeking unfair advantage over other people. Of the three types of seriti, the researcher argues that category C seriti is waning. In the case of category B, there is a rejection of traditional healers (who perform rituals which are required by ancestors), as well as other elements like protecting oneself with strong medicine which has to do with category C. This therefore means that category B is not rejected in totality. The chapter that deals with women and seriti takes into account the development of seriti from the past and present. Both the traditional concept of a woman and the modern one are accepted by all respondents. The idea of a woman working like a slave to please everyone is not gaining popularity. The traditional concept of a man is that he is a polygamist and a lover of many concubines. He produces many children who make up for the loss through warfare. A traditional man works in a group context and loves to possess many cattle. These traits are rejected by modern people who in turn think that a man with seriti works for his family, he is loved and respected, he loves his wife and believes in equality. The thesis proves that certain characteristics of category B and C are waning while category A seriti is getting popular. The fact that this is the case is encouraging for the development of an African Philosophy and Religion. en
dc.format.extent 1 online resource (iv, 178 leaves)
dc.language.iso en en
dc.subject.ddc 299.683977104
dc.subject.lcsh Pedi (African people) -- Religion
dc.subject.lcsh Pedi (African people) -- Social life and customs
dc.subject.lcsh Spirit
dc.title The reality and relevance of seriti in the past and present: its essence and manifestation in an African religion perspective with special reference to the Northern Sotho en
dc.type Thesis en
dc.description.department Religious Studies and Arabic en
dc.description.degree D. Litt. et Phil (Religious Studies) en


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