Sacred Music, Sacred Journeys : What Makes an Event Postcolonial?

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Title
Sacred Music, Sacred Journeys : What Makes an Event Postcolonial?
Journal
ThéoRèmes
Author(s)
Salzbrunn Monika; von Weichs Raphaela 
ISSN
1664-0136
Publication state
Published
Issued date
2013
Peer-reviewed
Oui
Volume
4
Pages
1-11
Language
english
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http://theoremes.revues.org/pdf/442
Abstract
Fanon, Senghor, and Ela took a radical stance in criticising the structures and mechanisms of power in hegemonic situations and relations between colonial subjects and colonial masters. They aimed to liberate African societies by decolonising the mind, culture and religion of colonial subjects. In this respect, we are concerned with the continuities and ruptures of the colonial encounter and its unequal relationships. Switzerland does not have an official colonial history and yet, Swiss companies and migrants were and are part of the world's colonies. In our contribution, we question what makes an event postcolonial : in other words, how are postcolonial relations negotiated in Switzerland?
We discuss this question by analysing two annual sacred journeys in Switzerland that have been invented for and by African Christians (clerics and laity) together with the leaders of the Swiss Catholic church : one to the relics of African saints in St. Maurice, canton Valais and the other to the Black Madonna, the Virgin Mary of Einsiedeln, in the canton Schwyz. These events are empowered by the performance of African choirs - their music, dance, and costumes - but to which end and in which way?
Keywords
Switzerland, Africa, Christianity, Postcolonial, colonisation, Christianisme, Afrique, sociologie, rituels
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