Imbewu's Fundiswa Zwane: Being cultural and religious is possible

Imbewu's Fundiswa Zwane: Being cultural and religious is possible

- The clash of religion and culture is an age old debate in South Africa.

- Playing the role of KaMandosela, Fundi has had to face this crossroad many time and she feels that it is a personal journey.

- Fundi believes that the two are able to coexist and that there is no wright or wrong answer.

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In South Africa the age old debate of culture and religion clashing continues. Imbewu actress Fundiswa Zwane has met this crossroad whilst playing her role of KaMandosela.

Playing the role of a wife whose roots are deeply set into the ways of her culture, Fundi has had to learn how to adapt her Christian beliefs into her role.

In a recent interview, Fundi expressed how she has had to emotionally prepare herself for a lot of the challenges that her character faces. Heart breaking family issues and other life altering challenges that are culturally based, are what make playing her role a challenge.

“I know that I represent the millions of women who are healing and that are going through things in their homes,” expressed Fundi. learnt that being a proud Zulu Christian woman, Fundi was able to understand the crossroad that culture and religion meet. This allowed her to create a healthy balance between the two.

Fundiswa is a proud Zulu Christian woman and said while she understood the conflict culture and religion could have, she was able to balance it.

"I have done research into my culture and into Christianity so I have been able to strike that balance without there being a sense of guilt,” stated Fundi.

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There are a lot of cultural aspects that go against a lot of Christian beliefs. Ancestors, for example, are something that the Zulu culture values greatly, but Christianity frowns upon and sees as evil.

Fundi stated that she ‘understand that socially they are seen to be in conflict but they are separate’. She believes that ‘there are challenges but it is a personal journey’.

Believing that anything that ‘brings you closer to God and uplifts your community, it is a good thing’, allows Fundi to see the positive in both her religion and culture.

Playing KaMandosela has really challenged Fundi’s personal limits. At a point, she was facing such a struggle with her characters views that she broke down in tears on set.

“I have had arguments with KaMandosela, where we've had screaming matches with each other and I ask her what kind of woman or mother would do such a thing. She tells me that the agreement I took when I represent her, is that I do not judge her," Fundi explained.

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At the end of the day, religion and culture are personal choices that no one can define for you. The debate of culture and religion clashing will continue until the end of time, as there is not right or wrong answer.

Launched a campaign to help collect matric farewell dresses for underprivileged girls in her home province of KZN, has allowed Fundi to show how the sense of humanity is shared by both Christianity and culture.

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