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Title:Bantu Ontology and its Implications for African Socio-Economic and Political Institutions
Author:Unah, J.I.
Periodical:Journal of Oriental and African Studies
Geographic terms:Subsaharan Africa
social structure
Bantu-speaking peoples
Peoples of Africa (Ethnic Groups)
History and Exploration
Abstract:In the African ontology there is mutual compatibility among all things; the universe is a hierarchy of interpenetrating forces. In such a world, the subject-object duality in epistemology disappears. The African social order is a community of interacting life forces. The social group is simply a microcosmic image of the ontological order and harmony of the universe. What affects the individual affects the group as a whole and there is an inextricable connection between the individual and the clan through the family. Man's corporate existence in the African cultural world is no less so in the economic sphere. Any economic and political theory intended to guide political and economic actions in modern African societies has to be predicated on some form of regulated productive capitalism, one that takes cognizance of humanistic and aesthetic values, is informed by the extended family system and man's indissoluble link with the land, and recognizes society as an extension of the family unit. Notes, ref., sum.