St Faith’s Mission near Rusape.

ZIMSEC O Level History Notes: Ways used by Locals to Resist Missionary Influence

  • Locals moved to locations that were far from the settlements of the missionaries
  • They continued with their tradition and religion instead of abandoning it
  • Even though the missionaries denounced raids, the Ndebele continued raiding their neighbours
  • The locals continued with their traditional type of education and refused to go to missionary schools
  • They killed missionaries who called them witches
  • All local people who accepted missionary teachings or wanted to accept it were killed
  • The locals starved the missionaries as they were seen as agents of imperialism
  • Missionaries were not allowed to walk freely or talk to locals
  • Some African leaders barred missionaries and locals were discouraged from attending their church services

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