One of the striking things about women in Tanzania for us as Aussies has been the number of women who work, and how this is largely uncontroversial. Tanzanian household structures provide for this. So does the cultural concept of the ‘strong woman‘. And the way they access cultural paradigms around […]
Tanzanians draw their gender roles and distinctions in all kinds of different places to us in Australia. They call themselves a patriarchal society, but women have freedom in places where they don’t in the west. So when our friend Isaac got married to Jema on the weekend, there was no […]
Arthur and I find ourselves in the Aussie reformed evangelical camp, but both of us have significant streams of influence from Holiness / Wesleyan / Methodist traditions from earlier in our lives. We’ve re-discovered these most recently by following Seedbed, which is how I picked up a copy of ‘Holiness […]
[vimeo http://www.vimeo.com/103135682 w=600] Tanzania Snapshots is our educational video library, designed to provide cross-cultural perspectives for our partner churches.
Morling College in Sydney have produced a booklet of their 2014 Tinsley lecture, Gender: Being Missional and the Reign of God given by Rev. Karina Kreminski. She opens with the question of whether Christians should all just be ‘over’ the gender question and concentrate on more important things. Her answer […]
Gender is a complicated and tricky topic. I feel like I’m only scraping the surface of understanding it in Tanzania, and of course it’s a continuing conversation among Tanzanians themselves! I’ve been hesitant to write anything on it for fear of oversimplifying, but blogging is like thinking out loud, so […]
Mnyampala notes that life for the Wagogo changed significantly with the coming of colonialism. Even naming is significant. Prior to colonialism, the inhabitants of Ugogo still primarily identified by clan; to speak of the Wagogo as a tribe was an artefact of colonial organisation and labelling. Aside from being drawn into European conflict […]