Nelson Mandela and ‘the foundations of one’s spiritual life’ (+video)
Their 13-year marriage soured after one of their young children died, and Mase became more religious while Mandela became more political. “I think I loved him the first time I saw him,” she is quoted as saying in Higher Than Hope, a biography of Mr Mandela that came out in 1990 when he was released from prison. “Within days of our first meeting we were going steady and within months he proposed.” 2. Winnie Madikizela-Mandela Winnie Madikizela-Mandela is perhaps Mandelas most well-known wife. The couple married just before he was imprisoned, had two children and became iconic in the South African anti-apartheid movement. While Mandela was behind bars until 1990, Madikizela-Mandela carried on his cause with the African National Congress and despite facing disciplinary action from the government herself, she did not waiver. But most importantly, Mandela hollered at Winnie with such confidence while they were courting that I couldnt even make this up. “One day Nelson just pulled up on the side of the road and said: ‘You know, there is a woman who is a dressmaker, you must go and see her, she is going to make your wedding gown.
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As an adult my comrades raised me and other fellow prisoners from obscurity although the aura of being one of the worlds longest serving prisoners never totally evaporated. One issue that deeply worried me in prison was the false image that I unwittingly projected to the outside world of being regarded as a saint. I never was one. Yet something remarkable develops in the self-described young black man, who joins the Methodist Church, and does have an interest in the Bible. From prison, Mandela describes to his wife a novel he read in 1964 called Shadows of Nazareth. It is about the trial of Christ Jesus . The narrative voice in the novel is that of Pontius Pilate , the Roman procurator who is asked by the Sanhedrin to judge Jesus. Mandela, who in 1964 had just been recently sentenced in court, writes that though the trial of Jesus occurred about 2000 years ago, the story contains a moral whose truth is universal and which is as fresh and meaningful today as it was at the height of the Roman Empire. He goes on, reciting from memory, and actually adopts the voice of Pilate in the first person, as he remembers it: But this trial [of] Christ I shall never forget! I looked at the prisoner and our eyes met. In the midst of all the excitement and noise, he remained perfectly calm, quiet and confident as if he had millions of people on his side. Christ had become a mighty force in the land and the mass[es] of the people were fully behind him.
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