A number of scholars articulate the traditional African way of life as interconnected with a strong sense of community. Worship and spirituality in such a community is a fusion of various aspects of life. There is no life without spirituality and no spirituality without life. In the African heritage that is marked by interconnectedness as suggested by several scholars, nuanced in the Xhosa proverb umntu ngumntu ngabantu, dialogue is fundamental. But the fragmenting of a black woman in this heritage poses critical questions on the comprehensive liberation of black Africans as a whole. The fragmenting of a black woman, which cannot be separated from the fragmenting nature of the ethos of Empire. The continuation of the imperial spirit, inaugurated by a civilization that marked black bodies since 1492 at least, has left and rendered black women in particular into fragments. The struggle and resistance to liberate her African heritage of interconnectedness of life is now at risk of crumbling, life threatening and truly spiritual.
Patriarchy, Fragments, Spirituality, Empire, Black Bodies
The Politics of Religion
Paper Presentation in a Themed Session
Lecturer, Christian Spirituality, Church History and Missiology, University of South Africa, South Africa
Lecturer in the Discipline of Christian Spirituality, in the department of Christian Spirituality, Church History and Missiology at the University of South Africa. Ordained minister in the Uniting Presbyterian Church in Southern Africa. Previoulsy an intern for Theology in the World Communion of Reformed Churches (WCRC) in Germany.