Religion of the ancient Basotho with special reference to "water snake"

 

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dc.contributor.advisor Cumpsty, John S en_ZA
dc.contributor.author Rakotsoane, Francis Lobiane Clement en_ZA
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dc.date.issued 1996 en_ZA
dc.identifier.citation Rakotsoane, F. 1996. Religion of the ancient Basotho with special reference to "water snake". University of Cape Town. en_ZA
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/11427/17493
dc.description Bibliography: pages 93-108. en_ZA
dc.description.abstract It still remains the case that there has been very little attention given to African Traditional Religion in Southern Africa by both Western and African authors. It is not an easy area to research for it no longer exists in its undisturbed coherent form, but only as preserved in fragmented bits of culture. This thesis attempts some reconstruction of Basotho religion just prior to their settlement in Lesotho and the arrival of the Christian traditions. It makes use of whatever sources are available both written and oral including interviews in the field. It also employs Cumpsty's theory of religion to raise some questions about what might be expected given what is known of the pre-history of the people. Through a critical analysis of various Basotho cultural elements, oral prayers, sayings, beliefs, songs, rites of passage and other customs, a picture of early Basotho religion begins to emerge focused around the Supreme Being, Water Snake, and his different manifestations. It seems that we are looking at a group who had never been settled until they came to Lesotho, although they may have remained in particular places for considerable periods of time. On the other hand they were probable not, as some other groups were, consciously migrating, looking for a place of their own. It may well be this situation which is reflected in the constant prioritizing of the high god (Water Snake) in their dealings with the ancestors, and even their direct dealings with Water Snake, while at the same time other aspects of transcendence do not become emphasized. en_ZA
dc.language.iso eng en_ZA
dc.subject.other Religious Studies en_ZA
dc.subject.other Sotho (African people) - Religion en_ZA
dc.title Religion of the ancient Basotho with special reference to "water snake" en_ZA
dc.type Master Thesis
uct.type.publication Research en_ZA
uct.type.resource Thesis en_ZA
dc.publisher.institution University of Cape Town
dc.publisher.faculty Faculty of Humanities en_ZA
dc.publisher.department Department of Religious Studies en_ZA
dc.type.qualificationlevel Masters
dc.type.qualificationname MSocSc en_ZA
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dc.identifier.apacitation Rakotsoane, F. L. C. (1996). <i>Religion of the ancient Basotho with special reference to "water snake"</i>. (Thesis). University of Cape Town ,Faculty of Humanities ,Department of Religious Studies. Retrieved from http://hdl.handle.net/11427/17493 en_ZA
dc.identifier.chicagocitation Rakotsoane, Francis Lobiane Clement. <i>"Religion of the ancient Basotho with special reference to "water snake"."</i> Thesis., University of Cape Town ,Faculty of Humanities ,Department of Religious Studies, 1996. http://hdl.handle.net/11427/17493 en_ZA
dc.identifier.vancouvercitation Rakotsoane FLC. Religion of the ancient Basotho with special reference to "water snake". [Thesis]. University of Cape Town ,Faculty of Humanities ,Department of Religious Studies, 1996 [cited yyyy month dd]. Available from: http://hdl.handle.net/11427/17493 en_ZA
dc.identifier.ris TY - Thesis / Dissertation AU - Rakotsoane, Francis Lobiane Clement AB - It still remains the case that there has been very little attention given to African Traditional Religion in Southern Africa by both Western and African authors. It is not an easy area to research for it no longer exists in its undisturbed coherent form, but only as preserved in fragmented bits of culture. This thesis attempts some reconstruction of Basotho religion just prior to their settlement in Lesotho and the arrival of the Christian traditions. It makes use of whatever sources are available both written and oral including interviews in the field. It also employs Cumpsty's theory of religion to raise some questions about what might be expected given what is known of the pre-history of the people. Through a critical analysis of various Basotho cultural elements, oral prayers, sayings, beliefs, songs, rites of passage and other customs, a picture of early Basotho religion begins to emerge focused around the Supreme Being, Water Snake, and his different manifestations. It seems that we are looking at a group who had never been settled until they came to Lesotho, although they may have remained in particular places for considerable periods of time. On the other hand they were probable not, as some other groups were, consciously migrating, looking for a place of their own. It may well be this situation which is reflected in the constant prioritizing of the high god (Water Snake) in their dealings with the ancestors, and even their direct dealings with Water Snake, while at the same time other aspects of transcendence do not become emphasized. DA - 1996 DB - OpenUCT DP - University of Cape Town LK - https://open.uct.ac.za PB - University of Cape Town PY - 1996 T1 - Religion of the ancient Basotho with special reference to "water snake" TI - Religion of the ancient Basotho with special reference to "water snake" UR - http://hdl.handle.net/11427/17493 ER - en_ZA


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