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Ubuntu as it Existed in Societies from England to Japan, from Aborigines to the Apache

UbuntuReport on UbuntuTumo Mokone has written an article on the concept of ubuntu, inspired by the work of Leonhard Praeg and Siphokazi Magadla.

Praeg and Magadla’s Ubuntu: Curating the Archive and Praeg’s Report on Ubuntu were both published by UKZN Press last year.

Mokone says that as a “keen student of world cultures and human development” he has noticed that “all pre-materialistic societies” carry a similar trait.

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Materialistic societies consider material possessions and physical comfort as more important than spiritual values.

Different peoples in traditional settings – from England to Japan, from Aborigines to the Apache – possessed this attribute of humanity, which some strongly believe to be the preserve of Africans.

Ubuntu (Nguni) or botho (Sotho) or vhuthu (Venda) or unhu (Shona) are merely southern Africa words describing something that exists in all human societies before the pressures of survival through cash-based economies changed the way we see one another as human beings. This is how I understand the concept of ubuntu.

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