African communities were regulated by a strict code of laws and moral values. In this lesson we shall study moral values, which regulated individual members of society as well as the community itself.
What is a cultural value?
These are community practices and beliefs. Each community has cultural values that it accepts and upholds. These cultural values are laws, customs, and forms of behavior, regulations, rules, observances and taboos.
The cultural values form a moral code, which regulates the community. For example, if the culture, values private property, it will have laws that forbid theft of property. These laws are cultural values. Cultural values influence the social order and peace. God gives peace and harmony. God is seen as the giver and guardian of the law. Disobedience was and still is regarded as evil, wrong and was and still is punishable by law.
What are Moral Values?
Moral values are acts/deeds that are acceptable or good in the society.
Moral values are standards of behavior towards others. They are based on what is valued by the community. Moral values are also positive attitudes. Each community decided what is important to it and what is desirable for its members to practice and uphold.
Examples of moral values
Tolerance and perseverance
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Questions that you will most likely meet in examinations
Give five reasons why virginity is encouraged in both traditional African communities and Christianity. (5 mks)
Identify the moral values acquired during initiation (6 mks)
Identify eight moral values acquired during marriage in traditional African communities. (8 mks)
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