21 Apr 2018

 

Clash Of Cultures At Christmas Eve Church Service In Bortown

"To my surprise, a UNMISS female official who attended the church with the Jonglei State Governor was accorded a preferential treatment. Despite the fact that she was a female with no hair cover, she was not asked to cover her hair..."

  Clash Of Cultures At Christmas Eve Church Service In Bor Town
Bishop Nathaniel Garang Anyieth, together with the family of Mach Paul Mathiang during Christmas Eve in Bor [Photo credit: Mach Paul]
By Mach Paul Mathiang
 
01, January 2018 [Gurtong]-On the Christmas Eve in Bortown, all the morning birds were singing their morning songs to awake the town's people to attend the church. Having not attended the Christmas Eve for over thirty years in Bortown, the newcomers were very excited to join the church, which some of them never attended since they were born in diaspora.
 
The head of the family called the cousin with a car for a church ride and the two cousins came with a car. The long awaited church attendance begins with a good 6 minutes ride and here we were greeted by the gentle air coming out of Leudier swamp or wetland upon our arrival to the church parking lot.
 
The children that never attended a pure Dinka Bor church service started to walkout of the car holding their parents and uncle hands.
 
The minute our family reached the church doorstep, there came the church organizer who stopped us and demanded the separation of children from the family to join the Sunday school church adjacent to the main church.
 
However, we explained to the church organizer that the children don't understand the Dinka language very well and they always sat with their family whenever they attended church.
 
In addition, we explained to the young man that where we came from had no families' separation policy during the church worship.
 
As the children problem seemed to have been solved, then came another issue. The same church organizer demanded the mother to be separated from the whole family and be seated at the ladies site of the church. Now, another negotiation has to be settled before reaching the seating area of the church. After explaining the reason why the family have to be seated together during the church service, the church organizer was convinced and we were allowed to sit together as a family.
 
Although we thought we had overcome all the hurdles, another church organizer approached us and demanded my wife to cover her hair, a thing which a man who had been away for 16 years from the religious fanaticism at home had forgotten.
 
Politely, we told the second church organizer that my wife had no hair cover to cover her head.
 
However, he insisted to the extended that made me to decide to leave the church with my family and let him (the church organizer) take care of his job in peace.
 
But. while asking my cousin who was my driver to take us back home, the other churchgoers stepped in and I was convinced to stay the whole church service.
 
To my surprise, a UNMISS female official who attended the church with the Jonglei State Governor was accorded a preferential treatment. Despite the fact that she was a female with no hair cover, she was not asked to cover her hair nor was she asked to join the ladies side of the church and this had disappointed me so badly.
 
All in all and at the end of the church service, I found peace when I met Bishop Nathaniel Garang Anyieth, who later prayed for my family.
 
That was my Christmas Eve experience in Bortown after thirty years of being away from the homeland and from the religious fanaticism.

 

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01/01/2018, 5:16 PM
 - Posted by Jacob Akol
Look at it positively Mach Paul Mathiang. You and your family are fully accepted as members of the community and therefore expected to play it by the rules of the community. I expect the UNMISS woman in company with the governor is not local and could even be a non-Dinka, in which case she is excused her foreign ways as a guest of the community.
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