Re: How is it different?
Posted By: Masimba Musodza In Response To: How is it different? (iyah360)
Date: Monday, 25 October 2004, at 11:21 a.m.
In Response To: How is it different? (iyah360)
To answer Burridge's question first. The middle class are tops on the ancestralist list. They are the ones with ambition and suspicion, they see forces at work in their careers etc. They are the ones always seeking a spirit medium to explain why things are not going well,and what they need to do to appease the spirits.
The difference, my brother, is that ancestralism is about the supposed ancestors mediating between the God and man. So, if we were ancestralists, instead of looking to a descendant of David, we would look for someone possessed by David's spirit and this would actually be David.
Of course, such a spirit medium would have to convince us that he is in fact possessed by David's spirit. For example, today, there are up to 8 people claiming to be the true spirit medium of Nehanda Nyakasikana.
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