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Vhuthu in the muta: A practical theologian's autoethnographic journey

Wilhelm van Deventer
Verbum et Ecclesia | Vol 36, No 2 | a1435 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/ve.v36i2.1435 | © 2015 Wilhelm van Deventer | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 21 February 2015 | Published: 18 June 2015

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Wilhelm van Deventer, Department of Practical Theology, University of Pretoria, South Africa


A practical theologian constructs his autoethnographic and interactive narrative with Venda people and others. His own journey is integrated with those of church and community members. These joint lived experiences were shared in the households and families of the relevant co-participants. The concept of Vhuthu in the muta is explored in relation to its potential and problematics by means of auto ethnographic stories, relevant literature, art,poems and linguistics. The article appreciatively and critically reflects upon Vhuthu and its possible value for practical theology.


ubuntu; vhuthu; muta; Venda context


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