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Title:Some Religious Aspects of Basotho Funeral Rituals
Author:Opong, A.K.
Year:2004
Periodical:Journal for the Study of Religion
Volume:17
Issue:2
Pages:25-45
Language:English
Geographic term:Lesotho
Subjects:African religions
Sotho
funerals
Peoples of Africa (Ethnic Groups)
Abstract:Basing himself on a literature review and 83 questionnaires and interviews with 36 Basotho (Lesotho), the author examines Basotho ritual practices, and particularly funeral rites. The author concludes that the traditional practices of the Basotho indicate that Basotho traditional religion is not a religion of 'salvation', for life hereafter, but a religion of structure for salvation here and now because it aims at bringing sanity into the material world. The response to the questionnaires and interviews showed that the Basotho performed the rites in order to get blessings and avoid disaster and punishment from their ancestors. Their religion also embodies social and religious ethics that aim at correcting social evils. Like all Africans, Basotho believe that life here is the replica of life hereafter - life in the ancestral world. Bibliogr., sum. [ASC Leiden abstract]
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