The Heartbeat of Indigenous Africa: A Study of the Chagga Educational System

The Heartbeat of Indigenous Africa: A Study of the Chagga Educational System

The Heartbeat of Indigenous Africa: A Study of the Chagga Educational System

The Heartbeat of Indigenous Africa: A Study of the Chagga Educational System

Synopsis

Dr. R. Sambuli Mosha was an International Fellow at the Woodstock Theological Center at Georgetown University in Washington and a Visiting Professor at Duquesne University in Pittsburgh, Xavier University in Cincinnati, and Loyola University in Chicago.

Excerpt

In my full-length study of Traditional Formation in Volume 5 of my Formative Spirituality Series, I focus attention on the ability to translate with wisdom and accuracy the insights of ancient and contemporary faith and formation traditions. Such work widens and deepens our understanding not only of another people but also of our own formation journey. the author of this book demonstrates such an ability. His work is not only exceptionally informative; it also becomes for properly disposed readers highly formative of their own spirituality and sensitivity to the power of symbol, ritual, religion, and fundamental human virtues. Wisely balancing accurate social analysis with an ability to recount everyday experiences in Chagga society, this book offers holistic educators a way to understand how the time-tested wisdom of all indigenous cultures and religions form the whole person, body, mind and spirit. Having devoted Volume 3 of my formative spirituality series to the theme of Formation of the Human Heart, I was especially impressed by Mosha’s ability to link dispositional formation in reverence, self-control, silence, courage, diligence, and communality to the educational system guiding the teachers and students of Northern Tanzania. We, in the West, have much to learn from the humanizing and civilizing features of an educational system that insists on the integration of head knowledge and heart knowledge. As an expert in the field of spiritual formation, it personally warmed my heart to learn from Mosha’s study that the indigenous Chagga people form the minds and hearts of their young people simultaneously with a special emphasis on spiritual formation. in his words, “Indigenous people know that the ongoing development of the

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