The Man of Heaven and the Beautiful Ones of God: Writings from Ibandla Lama Nazaretha, a South African ChurchHardback Studies of Religion in Africa
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- Publisher: Brill
- Format: Hardback | 248 pages
- Dimensions: 168mm x 230mm x 23mm | 649g
- Publication date: 1 May 2002
- Publication City/Country: Leiden
- ISBN 10: 9004125426
- ISBN 13: 9789004125421
The introduction sets Isaiah Shembe and the Nazareth Baptist Church in the context of contemporary South African religion, social history and politics and offers a new reading of the importance of place, memory and literacy in the early history of the church. The three texts in Zulu and English, from the 1920s and 1930s, open a window onto the intellectual and religious life, and the social organisation of this important African church. Marriage, adultery, healing, the priesthood, visions, the role of women, national identity are among the topics these texts engage with.
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Elizabeth Gunner, Ph.D. (1984) in African Languages and Literatures, School of Oriental and African Studies at the University of London, is Professor of English Studies, School of Language, Culture and Communication at the University of Natal, Pietermaritzburg, South Africa. Her most recent publications are a literary afterword to Zulu Woman. The Life Story of Christina Sibiya by Rebecca Reyher and Wrestling with the Present, Remembering the Past: Zulu Radio Drama in Contemporary South Africa (Journal of Southern African Studies, 2000).