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- DescriptionTraditional African beliefs, together with African cultural traditions, are enjoying a new-found respect in South Africa, due in large part to the advent of the country's democratic Constitution. Even so, Traditional African Religion is poorly understood and, in spite of constitutional guarantees, receives far from equal treatment. Throughout Africa, there is a strong tendency to equate indigeus beliefs with culture. And because religion is always taken more seriously than culture, this means that traditional beliefs do t attract the respect they deserve. The overall purpose of this book is to consider whether indigeus African religions, independent African churches and traditional practices such as traditional healing, witchcraft, animal sacrifice, circumcision, marriage and burial deserve constitutional protection and recognition by the state. This book thus explores the legal and constitutional implications of traditional religion and, in particular, the state's intervention in them.
- Author BiographyProfessor Thomas Bennett is Professor of Law at the University of Cape Town, and currently lectures in Conflict of Laws, Principles of Public International Law, and International Law on the Regulation of Disputes. He is a consultant and advisor on matters of human rights, customary law and international law to various NGOs and has written extensively on customary law.
- PublisherJuta Academic
- Date of Publication01/09/2011
- SubjectSociology & Anthropology: Professional
- Place of PublicationCape Town
- Country of PublicationSouth Africa
- ImprintUniversity of Cape Town Press
- Weight445 g
- Width152 mm
- Height228 mm
- Edited byTom Bennett
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