Show simple item record Mabvurira, V Makhubele, J. C 2019-11-06T12:23:59Z 2019-11-06T12:23:59Z 2018
dc.identifier.issn 0378-4142
dc.description Article published in the Theologia Viatorum 42-1-2018 en_US
dc.description.abstract For most traditional African communities, religion is life and life is religion. Almost every event in life is explained within the purview of religion. This qualitative study used the Afrocentric methodology in an effort to understand the influence of Shona traditional religion in understanding illness. In line with the canons of Afrocentrism, the study targeted all the members of Chiweshe communal lands in Zimbabwe who subscribe to African traditional religion. Data were collected through unstructured one-onone interviews, family interviews and focus group discussions. It was found that for the Shona people of Zimbabwe who subscribe to African traditional religion, there is always a spiritual hand in the causation of illness. The study also established that most methods used in managing illness among the Shona people are inspired by the spirit world. Results of the study have a strong bearing on indigenous social work practice in Africa and people of African ancestry in the African diaspora. Culturally competent social workers ought to understand the beliefs and practices of African traditional religions as these have an impact on their clientele. en_US
dc.format.extent 24 pages en_US
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.publisher Theologia Viatorum:Journal of Theology and Religion in Africa en_US
dc.relation.requires pdf en_US
dc.subject Shona traditional religion en_US
dc.subject Traditional medicine en_US
dc.subject Chronic illnesses en_US
dc.subject Ubuntu philosophy en_US
dc.subject Indigenous social work en_US
dc.subject Afrocentricism en_US
dc.subject Afrocentric methodology en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Shona(African people) en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Religion -- Africa,Sub Saharan en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Social work--Zimbabwe en_US
dc.title Influence of Shona beliefs in understanding illness: Implications for indigenous social work practice in Zimbabwe en_US
dc.type Article en_US

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