The Serpent as Healer: Religion and the Vernacular Translation of Peacebuilding Theory in Rwanda

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The Serpent as Healer: Religion and the Vernacular Translation of Peacebuilding Theory in Rwanda

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Title: The Serpent as Healer: Religion and the Vernacular Translation of Peacebuilding Theory in Rwanda
Author: Witmer, Heidi L.
Advisor: Dawson, John David; Hucks, Tracey E.; Hebert, Martin
Department: Haverford College. Dept. of Religion
Type: Thesis (B.A.)
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Issue Date: 2002
Abstract: This thesis explores the process of translating peacebuilding theory in the field by looking into a case study from Rwanda. The first section is a theoretical view on the necessity of using vernacular translation, considering the ways that linguistic translation illuminates issues of cultural translation. The second section deals with religious factors as a neglected element of the peace education and translation processes administrated by Western parties for nationals' education. The third section deals with a case study from Rwanda (August 2001) of vernacular translation of rehumanization theory. In this case study, the concepts of rehumanization theory are read into a constructed narrative of shifting images of the snake in the Bible. In conclusion, the potential impact of vernacular translation as a way to access indigenous conceptions of peace is highlighted.
Subject: Peace-building -- Rwanda
Subject: Peace-building -- Religious aspects
Subject: Serpents in the Bible
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Permanent URL: http://hdl.handle.net/10066/1049

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Witmer, Heidi L.. "The Serpent as Healer: Religion and the Vernacular Translation of Peacebuilding Theory in Rwanda". 2002. Available electronically from http://hdl.handle.net/10066/1049.

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