Ganda sex-taboos as a basis for Theology of Sexuality

Wasswa, M. Joseph (1989) Ganda sex-taboos as a basis for Theology of Sexuality. Licentiate thesis, Catholic Higher Institute of Eastern Africa.

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The thesis that Ganda sex- taboos can serve as a basis for aviable Ganda Christian moral theology of sexuality, called for an analytic study of the Ganda taboos in general and sex- taboos in particular. The study aimed at establishing first, the Ganda understanding of taboos. Second, the role and function of these taboos in the Ganda society. The central question of investigation was whether the Ganda taboos contain the basic elements of sexual morality. The working hypotheses have been four. First, that the youth are lacking clear guidance on the area of sexuality and sexual behaviour. Second, that Christian approach to sexuality and morality differs from training: for morality. Lastly, that a value - oriented approach to sexuality is the only mutual ground for a Christian Ganda morality. The study has established the fact that Ganda taboos are decoded customary regulations of human behaviour in the society. As such taboos are social sanctions trying to induce people to follow or refrain from following a particular course of conduct. As coercive measures, taboos ensure compliance with the formal or informal rules of morality. It has been established too, that sex-taboos not only regulate human sexual behaviour, but also are means to deepen the understanding and practice of sexual norms. They have a pedagogical value. They are a teaching-aid. In effort to demostrate the validity of the thesis, the following conclusions have been drawn. First, sex-taboos can support, as certain and promote sexual morality by helping to interiorize sexual norms and values, making them part and parcel of the community and individual ways of life. They promote desired quality of sexual life in the community. They are in service of life. They are part and parcel of the Ganda moral heritage. They have both social and social and religious significance. Moreover, owing to the oneness of humanity, its origin and ultimate end, it was established that both the Ganda and Christian traditions share in one and the same ethical /moral wisdom and knowledge whose supreme source is God. On these grounds maintain that the sex-taboos can provide the basis for aviable Ganda Christian moral theology of sexuality. Pastorally, the thesis aims at promoting an integral sexual education to the young generation, one that is based on accepted values, balanced sexual development. It must uphold a high quality of sexual life in the Ganda society. The thesis calls for an active participation, on the part of the Church and parents as regards sex education in schools, small christian communities and families.

Item Type: Thesis (Licentiate)
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BL Religion
Divisions: Afro-Christiana
Depositing User: JHI Africa
Date Deposited: 14 Dec 2015 11:37
Last Modified: 14 Dec 2015 11:37

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