Original Research - Special Collection: Studies on the Bible - spirituality and mysticism

Hendrina Cecilia Kruger se godsdienstige mentaliteitsprofiel in haar mistieke oordenkingsbundel (ca. 1750–1810) uit die trekboertyd

Andries W.G. Raath
HTS Teologiese Studies / Theological Studies | Vol 71, No 1 | a2652 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/hts.v71i1.2652 | © 2015 Andries W.G. Raath | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 06 March 2014 | Published: 14 August 2015

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Andries W.G. Raath, Research Associate, Department of History, University of the Free State, South Africa


Hendrina Cecilia Kruger’s religious mentality profile in her mystical devotional book (c. 1750−1810) from the Trekboer period. The religious views of the Trekboers on the frontier were shaped by pietistic religious literature circulating in the Cape interior. The religious ego-text of Hendrina Cecilia Kruger reflects elements of two streams of pietism: Dutch Second Reformation devotional literature and the works of German pietists in the line of Spener and other German mystics. The cumulative impact of experiential faith in Reformed mysticism and the mystical views of German pietism produced a spirituality of exceptional intensity in the pioneering communities of Reformed believers on the frontier. It is concluded that the mystical religious mentality of the Trekboer pietists exhibited exceptional levels of faith amidst dire physical and emotional conditions on the frontier. In spite of high levels of mystical pietism in her devotional book Kruger remained committed to the basic tenets of Reformed spirituality.


Trekboere; godsdienstige mentaliteitsprofiel; Hendrina Cecilia Kruger


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