Institutional Repository

From ashes to ashes, dust to dust : cremation and the Shona concept of death and burial in Zimbabwe

Show simple item record

dc.contributor.author Shoko, Tabona
dc.date.accessioned 2011-07-06T05:10:10Z
dc.date.available 2011-07-06T05:10:10Z
dc.date.issued 2008
dc.identifier.citation Shoko, T. 2008,'From ashes to ashes, dust to dust: cremation and the Shona concept of death and burial in Zimbabwe', Studia Historiae Ecclesiasticae, vol. XXXIV, no. 1, pp. 435-456. en
dc.identifier.issn 1017-0499
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10500/4510
dc.description Peer reviewe en
dc.description.abstract The increasing death rate in Zimbabwe, caused mainly by HIV/AIDS, has resulted in a shortage of burial space, especially in towns. This, along with the cost of burials, has sparked problems related to notions of death and the hereafter in Zimbabwe. Since 1992, cremation has been put forward as a way of alleviating these spatial and economic problems. However, this option is not very popular with the Shona people, who prefer to observe the conventional burial practices enshrined in their traditional culture. Whilst they are open to new, modern ideas, they are resistant to the notion of cremation, which is regarded as alien and “un-African”. They would rather exhaust all resources to have a traditional funeral. This article explores burial practices among the Shona people of Zimbabwe and their resistance to cremation. It contends that cremation is a viable alternative mode of disposal of the dead, as it is cost-effective and there are theological precedents for this practice. en
dc.language.iso en en
dc.publisher Church History Society of Southern Africa en
dc.subject Cremation
dc.subject Death
dc.subject Burial
dc.title From ashes to ashes, dust to dust : cremation and the Shona concept of death and burial in Zimbabwe en
dc.type Article en


Files in this item

This item appears in the following Collection(s)

Show simple item record

Search UnisaIR


Browse

My Account

Statistics