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19:09 Bessie Head (1937-1986):  Considered a feminist  Worked as a teacher and a journalist  Exposed to issues of racism and sexism  Was seen as a dangerous person to south Africa ; executed Became Bozuana citizen through her writing  People there accepted her Tragically died at 49  Other books: Maru, A Question of power, The Collector of Treasures  Botswana: country, Mutswana: one person, Batswana: several ppl The Collector of Treasures: The Deep River: A Story of Ancient Tribal Migration About love Characters: The Big King Sebembele with his first wife Mabobi with Rankwana The King Falls in love with Rankwana
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Son named Makobi  Storyline Half people looks down upon the King Love: fool, women are dangerous and like children  The King steps down from the throne and choose Rankwana and the baby and migrates  to south “Talaote”: alright, you can go Story interpreted nowadays: because of women they lost their place of birth  Similar to Adam and Eve story  Heaven is not Closed Storyteller: Modise  Begins with a lady’s (Galethebege) death in a weird position Characters: Galethebege: very religious “God”; naturally good woman Able to adapt to both Setswana and Christian/European Rolakae “heathen” “pagon” :who are not religious  Gal is excommunicated (kicked out of church/God according to her missionary)  At the end it explains her death position: heaven is open to anybody and only God has  the right to take the right away from people  The Village Saint Mma-Mompati: village saint; appears like it by others
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Façade: prays for the sick, the poor, etc  Very mean towards daughter-in-law  Jacob: The Story of a Faith-Healing Priest The name Jacob= biblical name; Israel  Two prophets at the two opposite end of town: Jacob and Lebojang Jacob: Has a brother named Isaac  Parents died in a car accident  Dad= rich; from Germany (white)/ Mother: Botswana (Black) Jacob and Isaac= multiracial  Becomes poor under their uncle  Treated very poorly  Why? b/c they’re multiracial. Not pure. Inferior. Becomes rich again later with a fam Robbed one night; hears God’s voice; decides to follow God’s order and live for His life  Becomes a prophet: messenger of God (LOVE) Forgiveness: towards his uncle and Lebojang, instead reach out to ppl who have been  hurt and give love Jacob’s church: Children Poor
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Marginalized Lebojang’s Church: Money, rich Requires appointments and money  Later gets arrested for rituals; using children’s organs; murderer 
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This note was uploaded on 02/23/2012 for the course AFRI 262 taught by Professor Dunbar during the Spring '08 term at UNC.

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