Makonde Bible

The Bible is the most translated book in the world. Therefore, when Summer Institute of Linguistics (SIL) contacted me to see if I would be able to shoot in Mueda for the unveiling ceremony of the Bible translated in Makonde, I immediately jumped on the opportunity. Christian or not, the Makonde Bible, twenty years in the making, is a grand and historical event.

I invited my friend and colleague, Stephen Pope, as a second shooter for the event. Day 1 was the preparation for the feast after the event. Day 2 started with a gathering of many Makonde churches at one end of town which was proceeded with a march to the event stage at the other side of town. The day was filled with music, dancing and speakers from around the world. Lastly, Day 3 was the distribution of audio versions of the Bible in Makonde.

I strongly believe that self-education is one of the best means of learning. A Makonde will no longer have to depend on the words of others to find the meaning of the Bible. Now, the Makonde’s have a tool; a tool in which they will be able to read and discover what the words within it truly means to them.

There is a Makonde proverb that Serge Razafinjatoniary said during his speech.

“On day one, one is a guest. On day two, give him a hoe so he can work in the field.”

Quotes have many interpretations and I’ll leave you, the reader, to interpret this quote in your own way.

Many thanks to SIL for having invited me to be part of this grand event.

-rh

PS keep an eye out on Stephen Pope’s Blog for some of his pics from the event.

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~ by rhexperience on July 30, 2014.

3 Responses to “Makonde Bible”

  1. Thank you so much for doing such a great job of documenting the Makonde dedication. Since we had to stay in Nampula and “hold down the SIL fort”, it’s an extra blessing to experience the event through your and Stephen’s photos. Thank you for volunteering your time for that. Blessings. The Beutler clan. Nampula. SIL-Mozambique

    • Thank you for the kind words Marijane. I’m sorry you weren’t able to make it but I’m glad we were able to bring the event to you through our photos.

      All the best,
      rh

  2. What terrific footage and commentary. Thank you for sharing this here. It was virtually like being there! What a grand occasion. We were pointed to your blog via a translator in attendance. Wow. Wonderful! I’ll be peeking in again.

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