The African Calendar

African Calendar and its Meaning To Oral and Literary Traditions

By Mocholoko, Zulumathabo Zulu © 2018

The purpose of this blog post is to notify you about a ground breaking lecture I will be delivering at the State Theater in Pretoria on Monday September 24, 2018 in South Africa as shown on the poster below.

Since the advent of the ECC (Euro-Christian Colonial) phenomenon in South Africa with the landing on our African shores by Vasco Da Gama in 1497; Jan Van Riebeeck in 1652 and the British colonial administration in 1806, the falsification of history has perpetuated the myth that the African natives had no calendar of their own until civilisation was brought to them through the Gregorian calendar.

zulumathabo state theater

A lecture African Calendar and its Meaning To Oral and Literary Traditions to be delivered at The State Theater in Pretoria. Picture credit: NWASA (National Writers Association of South Africa).

Contrary to the falsification of history by the Eurocentric institutions of learning and religiosity, the African natives possessed their own indigenous calendar which they used as tool of organising time with respect to rituals and ceremonies; agricultural events; the seasons and the knowledge of the cosmos.

An interesting fact is the seasons. In Sesotho a season is known as Sehla. The word Sehla describes a season in terms of the molecular changes in the atmosphere. As a result of the molecular perturbations in the troposphere, the Basotho calendar describes five seasons as opposed to the European calendar that describes four seasons. To learn more about the African calendar, attend the lecture on Monday as shown on the poster. Badimo ke bao! Thokoza Makhosi!

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