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The Bhuba : a paternally inherited Jewish priesthood in Southern Africa?

Show simple item record Le Roux, Magdel 2017-03-16T09:29:14Z 2017-03-16T09:29:14Z 2010
dc.identifier.citation Magdel le Roux (2010); The Bhuba : a paternally inherited Jewish priesthood in Southern Africa? Ekklesiastikos Pharos, Volume 92, Issue 1, Jan 2010, p. 286 - 304 en
dc.identifier.issn 1018-9556
dc.description.abstract The recently much publicised genetic results of the Lemba placed the Lemba of Southern Africa in the spotlight (Thomas et al 1998; 2000; Soodyall 2010). From DNA samples, taken specifically from the Bhuba, the priestly family of the Lemba, a very close relation has emerged between them (the Bhuba) and those of the Cohanim (priesthood) in Israel and all over the world. Much has been written about the Lemba, but very little about their priestly family, the Bhuba, who show 53% presence of the CMH (Cohen Modal Haplotype). Are there any remnants of the ancient priesthood still to be found among the Bhuba? Scanty information is available about the Bhuba and we therefore need to rely heavily on oral traditions of the Bhuba collected during a recent field study mainly in the Limpopo and Mpumalanga Provinces (specifically in the Phusela and Sekwamokgope areas). To my knowledge the oral traditions of specifically the Bhuba have never been recorded in these areas before. Utilising written sources, oral traditions, archaeology, genetics, linguistics, ethnography, musicology, art, botany and other techniques brings respect and maturity to the field of African historiography, which has been at the cutting edge of methodological innovation (Lord 1991). But to use such a diverse methodology has also brought controversy, particularly regarding oral traditions, not to mention genetic results. en
dc.language.iso en en
dc.publisher Institute for Afro-Hellenic studies en
dc.title The Bhuba : a paternally inherited Jewish priesthood in Southern Africa? en
dc.type Article en
dc.description.department Biblical and Ancient Studies en

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