The traditional practice of Mingi among the Hamer, Bena and Kara Tribes in Ethiopia: a theological perspective on a bio-ethical challenge
Globally, there are diverse societies with multiple cultures, traditions, customs and lifestyles. Every society has its own pattern of interaction among its members. In every culture there are several important practices and customs. These elements celebrate life-cycle transitions, enhance the community’s cohesion, or transmit useful traditional values to the following generations (Assefa, et.al. 2005). The traditions or culture forms reflect norms of care and behavior based on age, life-stages, gender, and social classes. Through these types of practices, the elder generation transmits a rich inheritance to the following one. Numerous traditions promote social cohesion and unity or useful practices and important traditions. However, other incidences, especially harmful traditional practices (HTPs), have detrimental effects. These HTPs erode the physical, mental, social and psychological health and integrity of individuals and communities. This applies especially to women and children (UN, 2009). These practices differ from place to place and country to country. The present study explored how an HTP, especially that of mingi, has been affecting the holistic development of children and the human rights of women in Hamer, Bena and Kara tribes of Southern Ethiopia. A thorough investigation was undertaken into appropriate ways to change the attitudes of the particular people groups on the mentioned phenomenon. Finally, this study demonstrated how the mingi practice will continue to impact current and future generations of the area, unless strategic interventions can take place.
- Theology