Christian mission in creative tension with African worldview(s): A post-colonial engagement regarding life after death and ancestry

Derrick Mashau, Themba Eric Ngcobo


Christian mission in African context, especially in the post-colonial era, can no longer afford to turn a blind eye to the fact that it co-exists with the African traditional religion(s). This article deals with the creative tension that exists between Christian mission and African worldview(s) in the area of life after death. In this article we presuppose more than a mere dialogue between ideas or individuals or denominations, but the encounter of different praxes. This article concludes that the dead in the worldviews are not dead; they continue to live in a different form and they continue to speak from the grave even though their praxes differ.


Christian mission; African worldview; postcolonial; life; death; ancestry

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