© Koninklijke Brill NV, Leiden R eligion & T heology 13/1 (2006) Unisa Press Also available online – www.brill.nl 1 The category of ‘reconciliation rituals’ is not, however, clearly de ﬁ ned and watertight, but rather encompasses a range of ritual practices. According to Cas Wepener, Van Vas tot Fees. ’n Ritueel-liturgiese Ondersoek na Versoening Binne Suid- Afrikaanse Kultuurkontekste (D.Th. thesis, University of Stellenbosch, 2004), 11, the various types of ‘reconciliation rituals’ may be distinguished as protest rituals, con- fession rituals, therapeutic or cleansing rituals, acceptance or forgiveness rituals, reintegration rituals, and rituals of reparation. Rituals of healing are of particu- lar importance in Africa. See, for example, Linda E. Thomas, Under the Canopy: Ritual Process and Spiritual Resilience in South Africa (Columbia, S.C.: University of South Carolina Press, 1999), Vera Buehrmann, ‘Some Aspects of Healing Methods among Black South Africans,’ in Religion Alive: Studies in the New Movements and Indigenous Churches in Southern Africa (ed. G. C. Oosthuizen; Johannesburg: Hodder and Stoughton, 1986), and Jean Comaro ﬀ and John Comaro ﬀ , Of Revelation and THE AFRICAN TRADITIONAL RITUAL OF CLEANSING THE CHEST OF GRUDGES AS A RITUAL OF RECONCILIATION C laudia N olte -S chamm A
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Published: Jan 1, 2006
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