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Title:Time and space in Tiv traditional eschatology
Author:Gbenda, Joseph S.ISNI
Year:2007
Periodical:Journal of Oriental and African Studies
Volume:16
Pages:319-333
Language:English
Geographic term:Nigeria
Subjects:Tiv
African religions
time
space
Abstract:This paper refutes the claims of some African scholars that African people, including the Tiv of central Nigeria, have no developed eschatology. Since Tiv eschatology is so diverse and permeates every aspect of Tiv traditional life, the paper highlights two elements in Tiv life - time and space - as the basis for analysing all aspects of Tiv culture and eschatology. The Tiv have an infinite future and are forward-looking in eschatological thought. The entire core value systems of the Tiv people, coupled with their social institutions, are built on these eschatological ideas. This is a field of study grossly neglected by many foreign and African writers on the Tiv people. In spite of the exposure of their culture to various external influences, the Tiv are still very traditional. Ref., sum. [ASC Leiden abstract]
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