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Spirituality and Music Education

Perspectives from Three Continents


Edited By June Boyce-Tillman

This book is the product of a long journey by a company of academics and practitioners sharing a common interest, titled the Spirituality and Music Education Group (SAME). It started at the International Society for Music Education Conference in Bologna in 2008, with its first gathering in Birmingham in 2010. This book is a product of the various meetings of this group. Since the group formed, the notion of spirituality has been struggling to find a way through the dominant ideology of secularisation in the West to a place in a post-secularising world.

This book concentrates on examining this issue from the position of music educators on three continents. This process can be defined as both separate from as well as part of the dominant Christian and humanist traditions, whatever is appropriate in a particular culture. The book represents a fascinating array of lenses through which to examine the many and complex strands within the concept of spirituality.

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9 ‘The Cathedral without a Roof’: A Search for Metaphorical Meaning (Hetta Potgieter)


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9 ‘The Cathedral without a Roof’: A Search for Metaphorical Meaning


In South Africa, there is a strong connection between education and religion. This transdisciplinary chapter addresses the use of a specific figure of speech, namely metaphor, in the lyrics and music of a popular Afrikaans song (not a hymn), Katedraal (Cathedral) by Coenie de Villiers. It explores which metaphors used in the lyrics highlight spiritual impressions. It then considers the comments of churchgoers (representative of Afrikaans communities) about these metaphors. The background for this chapter is a change in conventional religion in the Dutch Reformed Church in South Africa, as people seek new ways of making meaning. The findings of this research are that some members of Afrikaans communities have an inward-looking religion with interreligious tones. An interspirituality is developing that will be of interest to musicologists, especially church musicians, music educators and theologians.

The chapter is divided into four sections. Section I provides an introduction to explain the title of this chapter, as well as a brief description of current issues related to traditional Afrikaans churches in South Africa, specifically since 1994.1 Section II discusses the nature of metaphors ← 167 | 168 → in poetry and lyrics and the metaphors in Katedraal, while in section III the narratives of the spiritual experiences of four members from different regions in South Africa of the Afrikaans Dutch Reformed Church will be analysed and the emerging themes crystallised to...

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