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Ritual and reconciliation in Mozambique: Culture as a mediator in wartime experiences

Author(s): Ilundi Cabral

Journal: Revista CIDOB d'Afers Internacionals
ISSN 1133-6595

Issue: 87;
Start page: 123;
Date: 2009;
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Keywords: Mozambique | culture | mediation | conflict | social reconciliation

Based on Mozambique’s post-independence armed conflict (1976-1992), this paper examines several issues linked with culture’s role as a mediator in the experience of war and post-war, paying particular attention to spiritual purification rituals. The author argues that these rituals played an important role in the process of the rehabilitation, reintegration and social reconciliation of combatants returning from the war, as well as for Mozambique’s societies in general. The paper also explores the potentials and limitations of these rituals.
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