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A Failed Mission, Contesting Colonial Rule, and Ecclesiastical Developments

Nicholas M. Creary

in Domesticating a Religious Import

Published by Fordham University Press

Published in print April 2011 | ISBN: 9780823233342
Published online January 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780823241774 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5422/fordham/9780823233342.003.0002
A Failed Mission, Contesting Colonial Rule, and Ecclesiastical Developments

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Two Bantu language-speaking groups, the VaShona people, who entered the southern African region as early as the ninth century ce and established the state known as Great Zimbabwe by the thirteenth century, and the AmaNdebele people, who came to what is now western Zimbabwe during the first half of the nineteenth century in the wake of the disturbances caused by the state consolidation associated with the rise of the Zulu state, primarily populated the territory of modern Zimbabwe. This chapter gives a brief sketch of the establishment of the institutional foundations of the Catholic Church in Southern Rhodesia, it is possible to see the outline of many fault lines come into relief: tensions among Africans: VaShona and AmaNdebele, Christian and “pagan”; tensions among Europeans—British, German, Swiss, and Irish—and between Jesuit and Mariannhill; tensions between Africans and Europeans: converts and missionaries, women and men, settlers and chiefs.

Keywords: Bantu language; VaShona people; southern African region; Great Zimbabwe; AmaNdebele people; Zulu state

Chapter.  6000 words. 

Subjects: History of Religion

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