Anal­y­sis of fam­ily and Re­li­gious Stud­ies top­ics

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FRS Digest stated that even if spir­its are not vis­i­ble, they dwell in vis­i­ble ge­o­graph­i­cal ar­eas, this has been fur­ther sup­ported by J Mbiti (1965) who be­lieve that the ma­jor­ity of the peo­ple in indige­nous re­li­gion hold that spir­its dwell in woods, bushes, forests, rivers, moun­tains or grave­yards.

There are dif­fer­ent types of spir­its in Indige­nous re­li­gion, it in­cludes:

(a) The Aveng­ing Spir­its — these are the spir­its of the de­ceased in­di­vid­u­als who were wronged, ne­glected or mur­dered.

(b) An­ces­tral Spir­its — these are the spir­its of dead grand­par­ents and dead par­ents.

(c) The Alien Spir­its — these are the spir­its of those who died far away from their homes.

(d) The Spirit of Witch­craft — it is a broad term for the be­lief and prac­tice of magic.

The above spir­its play a vi­tal role in indige­nous re­li­gion, for in­stance the aveng­ing spirit pro­motes the con­cept of ubuntu/unhu and it main­tains unity. There are some in­ci­dents which have been recorded by me­dia show­ing the ex­is­tence of spir­its, es­pe­cially the spirit of witch­craft. It has been recorded to be ex­ist­ing in most parts of the coun­try .

This com­ing week, I will ex­plain the pos­i­tive and neg­a­tive at­tributes of dif­fer­ent types of spir­its. QUES­TION TO DIS­CUSS “Hu­man blood is sa­cred, must not be spilled”. Dis­cuss. COM­MENT OVER­VIEW The above ques­tion re­quires one to ad­dress the ef­fects of spilling the hu­man blood. One should note that the aveng­ing spirit re­venges. The aveng­ing spir­its refers to the spirit of the de­ceased. When one dies es­pe­cially as a re­sult of be­ing mur­dered, it is a be­lief in indige­nous re­li­gion that the spirit pun­ishes the mur­derer and the rel­a­tives. Chi­ron­goma Ad­mire, a Mash West-based teacher at Ku­tama Day High School com­mented dur­ing the au­thor­ship of this ar­ti­cle, he sub­mit­ted that “I ve­he­mently con­cur with the no­tion that hu­man blood must not be spilled, es­pe­cially by mal­ice tak­ing into cog­ni­sance the ex­is­tence of Ngozi spir­its in Indige­nous Re­li­gion “dz­inza rose rin­opera kuti tsvai,” its like di­rect con­tact pa­m­agetsi, the en­tire clan would feel the heat if no mit­i­ga­tory mea­sures are em­ployed, that is why we shun death penal­ties or sen­tences here in Zim­babwe, rufu nder­waMwari, hakuna ane right to spill one’s blood, huku ne­munhu hazv­i­fanane, the di­chotomy must not be un­der­mined”. All this in­di­cates that hu­man blood is sa­cred and must not be spilled.

Wit­ness Din­gani is a Zim­babwe-based au­thor, mo­ti­va­tional speaker, colum­nist, youth coach, pub­lisher, ra­dio host, crick­eter, mem­ber of Chain Sup­port Foundation Coun­selling Com­pany. He is the founder of char­ity or­gan­i­sa­tion “Din­gani Char­ity Or­gan­i­sa­tion”. In 2016 he was voted as the most in­flu­en­tial youth­ful fig­ures in Zim­babwe on the 8th po­si­tion out of 15 peo­ple by the PanZim­babwe So­ci­ety. A-level Di­vin­ity Ques­tions by schools can be sub­mit­ted through his mo­bile num­ber +263777896159 or email ad­dress : wit­ness­din­

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