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Umfazi akangeni ebuhlanti emzini … A womanist dialogue with Black Theology of Liberation in the 21st century

Fundiswa Kobo
HTS Teologiese Studies / Theological Studies | Vol 72, No 1 | a3268 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/hts.v72i1.3268 | © 2016 Fundiswa Kobo | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 23 November 2015 | Published: 19 August 2016

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Fundiswa Kobo, Department of Dogmatics and Christian Ethics, Faculty of Theology, University of Pretoria, South Africa


As reflected in the title, this article is premised by pervasive attitudes arising from a complex interplay of cultural practices, which have succeeded in dislocating black women from what is perceived to be black men’s sites, ebuhlanti (kraal), esuthwini (initiation school); locating them in culturally designated womanised sites eziko/egoqweni (kitchen and household), ekuzaleni nasekukhuliseni abantwana (child birth and rearing) in a patriarchal society. The crux of the article lies in its attempt to re-locate both men and women by its adoption of ‘a hard-line pro-black position’. Womanists acknowledge the interlocution of black men and thus suggest firstly, a shift in mind-set for both to view these sites as life giving and therefore to look for convergences. The article is thus a dialogue between a womanist and Black Theology of Liberation in the 21st century for the purpose of understanding liberation of black people for the liberation of humanity.


Black Theology of Liberation; Womanist; Discourse of black woman; Womanism


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