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Title: Standing at the crossroads: An overview of reflections on paradigms of African women’s inclusion and exclusion in the religion and gender relations discourse in Zimbabwe
Authors: Gilbert Tarugarira
Annah Moyo
Department of Applied Education, Midlands State University, Gweru, Zimbabwe
Gender Institute, Midlands State University, Gweru, Zimbabwe
Keywords: Religious identity
ancestor cults
gender roles
spirit possession
Issue Date: 31-Aug-2023
Publisher: Journal of Social Development in Africa
Abstract: Although the traditional image of women in religion portrays them as passive and docile, women have not been mere victims of subordinate religious and gender roles but active agents in the construction of their religious identity and belief. The study explores the historical and psychosocial dimensions of African traditional religious beliefs and practices which have exacerbated the subordination of women. A revelation is made that; while Christianity challenged the hegemony of the local eco-religion- cum-royal ancestor cults, within both traditional and Christian religion, women have fought for and continue to fight for their own free space in which they can develop a sense of solidarity and autonomy.
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