SERITHI/ISIDIMA: REFLECTIONS ON HUMAN DIGNITY IN SOUTH AFRICA FROM A BLACK AFRICAN1 PERSPECTIVE

Vuyani Vellem

Abstract



This paper engages in a critical reflection on the notion of human dignity, whilst remaining
aware of the notorious difficulty of defining dignity in a systematic way. The paper
highlights the inherent historical tension and even contradictions regarding the concept,
especially when viewed in the light of the experience of black Africans and the experience
of colonization and oppression. The cosmological view of human dignity expressed by the
metaphors of �serithi/isidima� is investigated and utilized to challenge certain contemporary
understandings of human dignity.

Keywords


Serithi, Isidima, Human Dignity, Democracy, Spirituality

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DOI: https://doi.org/10.7833/104-0-173

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