Tharaka Female Circumcision
A Case Study in the Role of the Translation Organization
Author: John L Ommani (2000)

When the Bible remains silent about certain cultural features, the Church… should assist the Christians to think through their traditions by digging deeper.

In the Tharaka society of Kenya, female circumcision has held a prominent place. In recent years Christian Tharaka people have questioned whether the rite should continue. The Bible Translation and Literacy agency has had a part in helping the society look at this rite from a biblical perspective. This article chronicles the history of the rite, including both its positive elements and problems, and some alternatives are presented.

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