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Title:'Going through the fire with eyes wide open': African women's perspective on indigenous knowledge, patriarchy, and sexuality
Authors:Phiri, Isabel ApawoISNI
Nadar, SarojiniISNI
Year:2009
Periodical:Journal for the Study of Religion
Volume:22
Issue:2
Pages:5-21
Language:English
Geographic term:South Africa
Subjects:Zulu
indigenous knowledge
patriarchy
sexuality
gender inequality
attitudes
AIDS
Abstract:Activists and scholars have shown through research and scholarship that HIV is a gendered pandemic. Attempts to engage this issue from a gender justice perspective, however, have seen accusations levelled at African women theologians of using Western models to critique essentially African cultural practices. In response to these accusations the present authors conducted empirical research to see if it was possible to find indigenous knowledge which critiques patriarchal practices from within African culture. While neither the concept of 'indigenous knowledge' nor'African culture' is monolithic, the authors chose to study the proverbs, songs and indigenous healing practices of a Zulu community in rural Inanda as a case study, in the hope that a study of this particular community may help to illuminate a larger dynamic. They explore the ways in which Zulu songs and proverbs critique patriarchy and the ways in which they promote patriarchy. In conclusion, new models of knowledge for the promotion of life in contexts of HIV are proposed. Bibliogr., notes, ref., sum. [Journal abstract]
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