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Bibil Identifier bibil:204418
Publication Type Journal article
Title (English, Long) Ngoma Lungundu: an African Ark of the Covenant
Author le Roux, Magdel
Journal Old Testament Essays (Volume: 22, Issue: 1)
Year (Publication) 2009
Year (Original (1st Edition)) 2009
Year (Copyright) 2009
Year (Reference) 2009
Year (Second publication) 2009
Language English
Pages 102-125 Pages
Genre Original
Abstract The Lemba in Southern Africa are a specific group with unique traditions regarding Israelite origins. Their oral traditions also contain significant information on the leading role their priestly family played on their journey from the North into the Arabian Peninsula and eventually into Africa. They blazed their trail southwards into Africa as traders, with the ngoma lungundu ("the drum which thunders") playing a very similar role to that of the Ark of the Covenant. Striking parallels between the two traditions as well as a possible link between these two narratives are scrutinised. This study shows how the Lemba have constructed their own set of beliefs around Biblical myths in the context of marginalisation among other African communities. Their oral culture constitutes their world-view and self-understanding or identity. It incorporates the role of oral traditions, history and historiography. One could draw parallels between orality in early Israelite and African religions. The reciprocity between orality and inscripturation of traditions yields valuable information regarding the possible development of traditions in the Old Testament.
Keywords Thesaurus BiBIL : Unbound Keywords : Africa
Thesaurus BiBIL : Unbound Keywords : Music
Thesaurus BiBIL : Old Testament (Introduction) : Theology : Themes : Ark
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