Letter to the Editor

Give guidance on intangible heritage course

Dear editor,
ACCORDING to the Daily Mail newspaper of September 27, 2018, the Minister of Tourism and Arts Mr Charles Banda announced the introduction of a degree course in Intangible Cultural Heritage, which has already been funded by UNESCO.
According to UNESCO, Cultural heritage does not end at monuments and collections of objects.
It also includes traditions or living expressions inherited from our ancestors and passed on to our descendants, such as oral traditions, performing arts, social practices, rituals, festive events, knowledge and practices concerning nature and the universe or the knowledge and skills to produce traditional crafts.
This is in sharp contrast with our Christian values and inheritance and declaration of our nation Zambia.
True Christianity and this study cannot go hand in hand.
It is impossible to practise both by the same people. We should choose to either claim ourselves as Christians.
As a nation, we seem not to know who we are and what we are pursuing. Money from UNESCO should not be the reason for us to start this course. It’s at variance with our stance as a Christian Nation.
This is where we need the Minister of National Guidance and Religion Affairs to clarify and guide.
I urge the government to stop this course before we put a curse on our nation. We are just opening our skies to evil spirits again. And as Christians, let us stand up against this move.
BISHOP ALICK MALAMA

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