This book identifies and clarifies some important issues when looking at dreams in Africa's multicultural context. All case studies come from Zambian backgrounds, but may be of significance far beyond Zambia.
The book is written for all who have an interest in dreams, from the perspectives of African cultural traditions, psychology and theology. It is of special benefit for those who help people in the pastoral field to deal with compelling dream experiences.
The authors of this book are Catholic priests of the Missionaries of Africa and part of the FENZA team (Faith and Encounter Centre Zambia). They all have extensive experiences in pastoral counselling in Zambian and African settings and are approached regularly for help in regards to dreams.
Gotthard Rosner is a Bible scholar who in this book presents a Biblical perspective on dreams. He also provides concrete guidance through a questionnaire that can help when interpreting one's own dreams.
Bernhard Udelhoven studied social anthropology and looks at dreams in Zambian cultural traditions, in Western psychology and in Church history. Differences in relating to dreams depend largely on the implicit understanding of human nature. Drawing out the meeting points, he proposes that one can approach dreams in a way that is culturally, psychologically and theologically sound when one starts by looking at concrete relationships. Interpersonal relationships are central (instead of introspection) when looking for meaning in dreams in African settings.
Patrick Mumbi is trained in social anthropology and counselling. He offers in this book one of his personal dream interpretations.
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About the Author
Bernhard Udelhoven holds an STB in theology (Leuven) and an MA in social anthropology (SOAS, University of London). In Zambia, he has been working since 1989 in the Luapula, Eastern and Lusaka provinces. Some of his publications on Zambian Christianity, on the Luangwa Valley, on witchcraft and Satanism, culture change, and on healing are available on the FENZA website (fenza.org/documents). A forthcoming publication ("Coping with unseen worlds: demons, witchcraft, and Satanism") proposes concrete steps and useful procedures and rites when helping families affected by spiritual forces in a holistic way.
Patrick Mumbi holds a PhD in cultural studies from Makerere University (Uganda), an MA in social anthropology from SOAS (University of London), and a MA in counselling from University of East-Anglia. He has written about incest and child sexual abuse (Uganda), about Bemba psychotherapy in the cross-cultural setting (Zambia), and on Christian inculturation of twin ceremonies (Uganda). At present he is working on a research project with traditional healers in Lusaka. A forthcoming book "Inheritance the end of moaning and mowing" is dealing with cultural values and family responsibilities that are part of the Bemba funeral rites.