Careful what you call ‘our culture’

The problem is; since when did it become taboo for a woman to wear trousers when trousers are not Rwandan traditional attire – in fact even for males? We also know that before colonialism and conversion to Christianity, and even many years afterwards, unmarried Rwandan maidens went bare-breasted.

Editor,

RE: “Traditional Rwandan beliefs on the verge of extinction” (The New Times, February 12).

 

The problem is; since when did it become taboo for a woman to wear trousers when trousers are not Rwandan traditional attire – in fact even for males? We also know that before colonialism and conversion to Christianity, and even many years afterwards, unmarried Rwandan maidens went bare-breasted.

 

I can understand the excellent intentions of wanting to inculcate traditions and knowledge of the ethos behind many traditional practices, but we should be careful not to confuse Christian-imposed morals with our own far older traditions.

 

Mwene Kalinda

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