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Title:The Batawana of Northwestern Botswana and Christian Missionaries: 1877-1906
Author:Tlou, Thomas
Year:1973
Periodical:Transafrican Journal of History
Volume:3
Issue:1-2
Pages:112-128
Language:English
Geographic term:Botswana
Subjects:Tawana
missionary history
Peoples of Africa (Ethnic Groups)
History and Exploration
Religion and Witchcraft
External link:https://www.jstor.org/stable/24520405
Abstract:Describes the interactions between the Batawana (a sub-group of Batswana) of northwestern Botswana and the missionaries of the London Missionary Society. After a short exposition of missionary activity among the Batswana, the article describes how in the early phase the Batawana took eagerly to Christianity, but that by 1886 the number of converts had declined. This decline can be explained by the fear of the Batawana that Christianity undermined their traditional social institutions and practices (especially marriage and circumcision) and by the missionary failure to develop a policy to adapt Christianity to indigenous religion. Notes.
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