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Edited by: Kogi Naidoo & Fay Patel

In: Working Women: Stories of Strife, Struggle and Survival

Part Four: Having Faith: Religious and Spiritual Journeys

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Having Faith: Religious and Spiritual Journeys
Having faith: Religious and spiritual journeys

It is remarkable how women hang on to their deep faith to overcome adversities in their lives. Religion and spirituality are among the deep roots of culture (Samovar and Porter 2004: 31) and they affect every aspect of cultural behaviour. This view is endorsed by Ishii, Klopf and Cooke (as cited in Samovar and Porter 2003: 31) who claim that religion ‘is a deep and pervasive determinant of worldview’ and that even ‘those who reject religious faith still follow much of the religious heritage that influences their culture.’ It is interesting to see how women's stories across diverse cultures nearly always touch on their spiritual and religious journeys.

In Part Four, stories highlight the role ...

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