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Culture and Religion Group (tag: adpm_CandR)

Page history last edited by Veronica Topolewski 14 years, 7 months ago

GROUP MEMBERS:

 Veronica Topolewski

Zenobia Jeffries

Shelly Thornton

Caitlin Yamada

Moriah Yeakula

 MISSION:

 The Culture & Religion Group will focus on a variety of issues, in the hopes of narrowing them down in the coming weeks. For starters, it will study a cultural timeline (pre-colonialism, colonialism, socialism, and modernism/pop culture). Within this timeline, it will research how culture and tradition have changed (or remained the same within certain areas). For example, Mozambique’s northern areas still follow a matrilineal model, where ancestry is traced through the woman, whereas southern regions follow a patrilineal model. Additionally, the group will research how religious practices have influenced Mozambicans and their culture. Christianity, Catholicism, Islam and more indigenous religions (which believe in connections with ancestors and the spirit world) will be researched. Finally, the group hopes to tie in culture and religion in Mozambique’s governing system. In Western democracies, significance is placed on separation of church and state. This group will aim to find out if a similar practice occurs in Mozambique, or if religion and culture are not so distinct from its government.

 PEOPLE/SOURCES BEFORE, DURING, AFTER TRIP:

 1) BEFORE TRIP: Lily Cowles – I was fortunate enough to connect (via facebook) with Lily, a Princeton University student, after reading an article about her experience in Mozambique studying religion (she, too, had to learn Portuguese and filmmaking within a short time period to produce her final thesis project) – please see post/link #2 below. After our group meets on Wednesday, I plan on calling Lily to get some thoughts/advice.

 2) DURING TRIP: Although we don’t have specific contacts yet, our group should connect with Mozambicans in both Maputo and those in the countryside who practice different religions/cultures. If possible, speaking with religious leaders in both areas would be helpful as well.

 OTHER TO DO’S: 

1)      Figure out what locations other than Maputo our group is able to travel to.

2)      Figure out availability of translators and learn Portuguese!

 GROUP – PLEASE FEEL FREE TO ADD TO/EDIT OUR GROUP’S MISSION STATEMENT – I TRIED SUMMARIZING WHAT WE DISCUSSED LAST CLASS AS BEST AS I COULD.

-Veronica

 

Comments (5)

Veronica Topolewski said

at 12:58 pm on Sep 28, 2009

1) Britannica Encyclopedia – brief explanation regarding predominant religions/freedom of religion in Mozambique:

http://www.britannica.com/EBchecked/topic/395363/Mozambique/43970/Religion

Veronica Topolewski said

at 12:58 pm on Sep 28, 2009

2) This Princeton Univ. story, “Taking an intimate view of religion in Mozambique,” explains one student’s quest to learn Portuguese and filmmaking in one year in an effort to study religion in Mozambique, particularly the Mazione church:

http://www.princeton.edu/main/news/archive/S24/14/43G14/

I was only able to find brief clips of the documentary on YouTube:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dgn5TsCC-9k

Veronica Topolewski said

at 12:58 pm on Sep 28, 2009

3) Discusses variety of cultures by describing 60 different ethnic groups (nine major ones) and differences between northern (less Portuguese influence) & southern Mozambique (where many “adopted Portuguese dress, language, and religion”). Also discusses symbols of stratification, such as differences in dress, and “Marriage, Family, and Kinship.” Brief religious explanation is given as well:

http://www.everyculture.com/Ma-Ni/Mozambique.html

ba7946@wayne.edu said

at 3:16 pm on Sep 29, 2009

Great job on the mission statement Veronica! I couldn't have written it better! I think we will be able to narrow it down even further by the next class meeting.

ba7946@wayne.edu said

at 10:24 pm on Oct 16, 2009

That doc clip is describing exactly what I read. Pretty cool stuff. I went to that everyculture.com site and their was some pretty useful facts.

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