Women and Ecology in Shona Religion

Isabel Mukonyora

Article Type: Article

Publication Date: 7/1/1999

Issue: Religion and Politics (Vol. 19, No 3, Summer, 1999)

The Mwari cult of traditional Zimbabwe has commonly been interpreted as describing a God of the patriarchal family and ancestry. However, an investigation of the relation of Mwari to the earth, where women function as creative agents, produces new dimensions of African traditional religion. Since Christians in Zimbabwe have given the name Mwari to the biblical God, the fuller view of Mwari has important ramifications for Christian theology and ministry.

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