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Title:Uncovering the spiritual dimension of the Basotho objection to resettlement
Author:Rakotsoane, Francis C.L.ISNI
Periodical:Journal for the Study of Religion
Geographic term:Lesotho
ancestor worship
Abstract:Experience shows that Africans are often, if not always, opposed to land-related projects which include resettlement as one of their concomitant effects. One project that has recently met this kind of opposition from some of the local people in Lesotho is the Lesotho Highlands Water Project. This is the project aimed at harnessing the water resources of the Highlands of Lesotho to the mutual benefit of both Lesotho and South Africa. This paper attempts to uncover the spiritual dimension causing such opposition. The paper argues that underlying the Sotho's refusal to be resettled is the fact that for Africans there is more to land than appears on the surface. It explain this in terms of African holistic cosmology. The paper argues specifically that the Sotho's veneration of their ancestors' graveyards, the dependence of the living upon their ancestors for their material welfare, and the Sotho's traditional healers' mystical identification with some aspects of nature, all of which give a spiritual value to the land, are the source of the problem. Bibliogr., ref., sum. [Journal abstract]