Reverence and Dignity: Southern African Traditions in Family Constellations, Ceremony and Ritual.
Two important traditional concepts, those of ‘reverence’ and ‘dignity’ are determinant in the orders of ranking or hierarchy in Traditional South African family systems, and seem to echo though out the Orders of Love. This parallel may not be exclusive to Southern African culture, but will be shown to be based in what Southern African traditions term “the laws of God” and what we refer to in family constellation as “natural laws” - by Tanja Meyburgh and Niall Campbell.
A crucial distinction between African and Western approaches to technology, and the realm of African traditional law.
To set the stage: there are two broad categories within traditional law.
Natural Law describes the way things are in the natural world;
People’s Law governs the way of people.
The distinction has its origin in the universal mythological theme known as “The Fall”.
Before this time, there was only natural law, and it applied to all creatures. Natural laws just exist and are themselves evolving.
Niall Campbell is a sangoma, a traditional doctor nyanga (medicine man) a doctor of traditional ceremonies as well as institutions as well as a Ngaka ua diKoma, a Doctor of the Law.