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dc.contributor.authorTinyiko Maluleke
dc.date.accessioned2019-09-23T13:08:35Z
dc.date.available2019-09-23T13:08:35Z
dc.date.created2017-09-29 00:22
dc.date.issued2015-03-01
dc.identifieroai:doaj.org/article:781286a13828444e84d93c0dfb241567
dc.identifier0259-9422
dc.identifier2072-8050
dc.identifier10.4102/hts.v71i3.2941
dc.identifierhttps://doaj.org/article/781286a13828444e84d93c0dfb241567
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/20.500.12424/20602
dc.description.abstractFor many reasons, reflecting on the life of Nelson Mandela is a precarious exercise. If Mandela is a symbol of the resilience of the human spirit under trying conditions, he is also a symbol that is appropriated in various ways – helpful and unhelpful – by various people. This article explores some of the unhelpful ways in which the name and person of Nelson Mandela is invoked. In particular, the article looks at the hagiographical orientation of several reflections on Mandela, cautioning how some of these may have an effect less noble than originally intended. Accordingly, the article asks: How much can the symbol of Mandela bear? How much more can Mandela give? The logic and rationale of Mandela hagiography is explored. Following his death, there has been an explosion of interest in the life and symbol that is Nelson Mandela. Mandela literature, including multi-media, is on the rise. If the symbol of Mandela is in danger of being ‘cannibalised’, there is also a danger of relegating Mandela to an ahistorical mythical figure. The solution lies in at least two area, namely, the increment of alternative Mandela narratives and the introduction of more critical Mandela narratives. In this regard, Mandela’s own self-understanding as captured in his reflections about his life offer several clues which are explored in this article.
dc.languageAF
dc.languageEN
dc.languageNL
dc.publisherAOSIS
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dc.sourceHTS Teologiese Studies/Theological Studies , Vol 71, Iss 3, Pp e1-e7 (2015)
dc.subjectThe Bible
dc.subjectBS1-2970
dc.subjectPractical Theology
dc.subjectBV1-5099
dc.titleThe search for a more human face for Nelson Mandela: An urgent task
dc.typeArticle
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