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Poetry and Thinking of the Chagga
Author: Bruno Gutmann

ISBN: 9781909930445
Format: Hardcover
Number Of Pages: 224
Published: 31 March 2017
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.6 x 14.6 x 2.2
Bruno Gutmann (1876-1966) was a German Lutheran missionary. In 1902 he went to Chaggaland on the slopes of Mt. Kilimanjaro in Deutsch-Ostafrika (now Tanzania) and stayed with brief interruptions for 36 years. Owing to his 'intensive involvement with a single tribe in East Africa,' stated Ernst Jaschke, his successor, 'he was able to understand and love them as no other European did.'Gutmann published 23 books and 476 articles about the Chagga, including a Swahili hymnal and a Kichagga New Testament. He wrote: 'The so-called "primitive races" are not childish organisms and easily manageable, as some believe. Not only does the spirit of past generations live within them, but extinct cultures also smoulder within their souls. Would, therefore, that, in addition to bringing in the disintegrating influences of our civilization, the colonial powers might provide constructive and sensible development programs that use creatively indigenous forms for service to the whole community, else ineradicable life forces flare up unexpectedly like flames from a ruined structure.'

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