Teresia Hinga is currently teaching with the Department of Religion at DePaul University in Chicago. She has also taught at the University of Lancaster, UK. She has published on Gikuyu "Land and Environmental Justice," and "Feminist Theologies in Africa." Her primary scholarly focus has been on the implications of patterns of continuity and discontinuity in times of cultural crisis.
Abstract of paper given at
Indigenous Traditions and Ecology
This paper focuses on the religious worldviews of the Gikuyu people of Kenya. Specifically, I seek to show ways in which traditional Gikuyu moral values relate to contemporary issues. Considering the impact of colonialism, which nearly erased the Gikuyu indigenous world, this paper is also an exercise in critical reconstruction of a worldview that was much more prominent in the pre-colonial period. Focusing on the quest for a viable land ethic, I explore the Gikuyu attitudes towards the land as well as a comparative treatment of other African land ethics. These indigenous African land ethics constitute significant voices in the concerted global effort to rethink human and earth relations.