“I shavha i sia muinga i ya fhi?”: Decolonial reflection on African biblical hermeneutics

Hulisani Ramantswana


“I shavha i sia muinga i yafhi?” (Running away from your own path, where are you heading?). This Tshivenda proverb highlights the need for people to affirm their own roots. On the basis of the wisdom of the preceding proverb, I will argue from a decolonial perspective that African biblical scholars have to take seriously their own African heritage, the complexity of their social location, show concern for the plight of the grassroots communities, and thus do justice to their contexts rather than relying heavily on Western paradigms. In so doing they will contribute towards shaping the face of biblical hermeneutics.


Hermeneutics; African biblical hermeneutics; ancestor veneration; Western hermeneutics; decolonisation; coloniality

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DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.17570/stj.2016.v2n2.a19


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