Progress and Remembrance of the Finnish Lutheran Work in the Ondonga Kingdom in South West Africa

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The concept of progress has always been pivotal in the Protestant missionary movement. At the same time, this movement has had an ambivalent relationship with progress. On the one hand, progress has been needed in terms of advancement of the missionary and development of his or her work. On the other hand, the concept of progress has been questioned, as something worldly, self-seeking and potentially immoral.Under scrutiny in this article is the work of the Lutheran Finnish Missionary Society in the late 19th and early 20th centuries in Ovamboland in South West Africa, in what is today northern Namibia. Both among Finnish Lutherans and among Ovambo traditionalists there was a desire for progress. The encounter between Lutheran Pietism and Ovambo culture was at times uneasy. Yet, at the end of the day, it gave rise to other, sometimes unexpected, kinds of progress.

In this article, also the legacy of the Finnish Missionary Society in Namibia is studied. In the cultural memory among the Ovambo, the relative tension between faith and culture is visible. Nonetheless, the progressive dimensions in, and discernible achievements through, the Finnish-Ovambo relationship assume a far more prominent position in northern Namibian remembrance

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Titel på gästpublikationProgress(es)- Theories and Practices: Proceedings of the 3rd International Multidisciplinary Congress on Proportion Harmonies Identities (PHI 2017), October 4-7, 2017, Bari, Italy
RedaktörerMário S. Ming Kong, Maria do Rosário Monteiro, Maria João Pereira Neto
FörlagCRC Press
Sidor299–304
ISBN (elektroniskt)9781351242691
ISBN (tryckt)9780815374152
StatusPublicerad - 2017
MoE-publikationstypA4 Artikel i en konferenspublikation
EvenemangInternational Multidisciplinary Congress on Proportion Harmonies Identities (PHI 2017) - The 3rd International Multidisciplinary Congress on Proportion Harmonies Identities (PHI 2017)
Varaktighet: 4 okt 20177 okt 2017

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KonferensInternational Multidisciplinary Congress on Proportion Harmonies Identities (PHI 2017)
Period04/10/1707/10/17

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