African Religions and Philosphy

John S. Mbiti

An old classic I read in college days.
When the person who knew the departed personally and by name also dies, then the former passes out of the horizon of the Sasa period; and in effect he now becomes completely dead as far as the family ties are concerned. He has sunk into the Zamani period. But while the departed person is remembered by name, he is not really dead; he is alive, and such a person I would call the living dead….
There is a terrific discussion here about the concept of time, the difficulty of conceiving of the future in the way we usually think of the future, and the implications for governance.

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