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Title:The reasons for a murder: local cultural conceptualizations of the martyrdom of Gonšalo da Silveira in 1561
Author:Roufe, Gai
Year:2015
Periodical:Cahiers d'Útudes africaines (ISSN 0008-0055)
Volume:55
Issue:219
Pages:467-488
Language:English
Geographic terms:Zimbabwe
Portugal
Subjects:missions
homicide
martyrs
missionary history
About person:Gonšalo da Silveira (1526-1561)
Abstract:The martyrdom of the Jesuit father Gonšalo da Silveira is considered both in early Portuguese documentation and in modern scholarship as a very significant event which had substantial implications on the course of the history of the Portuguese presence in southeastern Africa. The present article provides a new interpretation of this event by reconstructing and unfolding its local meanings using contemporary and subsequent Portuguese historical and ethnographic written documentation and oral traditions of the population of the region. By doing this, this article challenges orthodox historical narratives of a region relatively rich in written historical documents by demonstrating our ability to understand the manner in which historical events were interpreted from an indigenous point of view. Bibliogr., notes, ref., sum. in English and French. [Journal abstract]
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