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FAMILY CATECHESIS IN TRIBAL CONTEXT(II) 7. Tribal Values

“In particular they hold the family to be the vital source of strength, a close- knit community with a powerful sense of solidarity. Asian peoples are known for their spirit of religious tolerance and peaceful co-existence. Without denying the existence of bitter tensions and violent conflicts, it can still be said that Asia has often demonstrated a remarkable capacity for accommodation and a natural openness to the mutual enrichment of people in the midst of plurality of religions and cultures.”

There are many wonderful values the tribal people hold that give them true identity of their nature. In them there is a great sense of equality, simplicity, solidarity, honesty, hard work, helpfulness, generosity, cheerfulness, hospitality and so on. They live together in 7.1. Tribal Values as basis to Gospel Values community. They work together. They share The Church has been always aware what they possess. They celebrate together. of the goodness that is inherent in the tribal They take pride on what they are and cultures. Gospel values that Jesus taught are what they possess. Pope John Paul II enumer- already in their culture. They have to discover and reaffirm them in their Christian lives. ating their values says: “The people of Asia take pride in religious and cultural values, such as love of silence, and contemplation, simplicity, harmony, detachment, non-violence, the spirit of hard work, discipline, frugal living, the thirst for learning and philosophical enquiry. They hold dear the values of respect for life, compassion for all beings, closeness to nature, filial piety towards parents, elders and ancestors and a highly developed sense of community.” The tribal people live in groups (tribes) and units (clans). Unity is their strength. They feel for each other. They enjoy freedom of mind and action. They possess highest sense of tolerance. DIMAPUR LINKS | 2

“The family occupies a very important place in Asian cultures and family values like filial respect, love and care for the aged, and the sick, love of children and harmony are held in high esteem in all Asian cultures.” The Church builds the gospel values on the tribal values. But some tribal values need to be corrected and refined. “In the process of encountering the world’s different cultures, the Church not only transmits her truth and values and renews cultures from within, but she also takes from the various cultures the positive elements already found in them.” AUGUST 2019

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