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Title:Religion and the interpretation of the /Xam narratives
Author:Wessels, MichaelISNI
Periodical:Current Writing: Text and Reception in Southern Africa
Geographic term:South Africa
oral literature
African religions
About person:James David Lewis-Williams (1934-)ISNI
Abstract:This paper examines religion and spirituality in /Xam narratives (South Africa), arguing that these issues can best be investigated through a close examination of the /Xam texts. Such an enquiry must begin with the analysis of individual narratives. One of the few writers who has closely analysed individual /Xam stories is David Lewis-Williams (1996, 1997). The paper describes and critically discusses his analysis of the story of 'A Visit to the Lion's House'. In the course of the investigation, particular views about Bushman religion are described and discussed. Several questions are also raised about universal categories such as religion and spirituality and their application to a range of culturally and socially situated practices. Bibliogr., notes, sum. [Journal abstract, edited]