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Michael Gelfand
Michael Gelfand (1912-1985) was a physician, teacher, university administrator, editor, and author. Dr. Gelfand was born in Cape Town, South Africa, and worked there, in England, and Rhodesia (now Zimbabwe) as a physician. He co-founded the Central African Journal of Medicine in 1955, and continued to co-edit it for many years. The Order of the Knighthood of Saint Sylvester was conferred upon him by the pope in 1977, a very unusual honor for a devout Jew.

Dr. Gelfand wrote many articles and books on medical topics (his book Tropical Medicine was the accepted authority in this field at one time), but also about the Shona people of Zimbabwe. Michael Gelfand contributed the essay “UNHU—The Personality of the Shona” to the Winter 1970 issue of Studies.

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Gelfand discusses the religious beliefs of the Shona in regards to such concepts as Peace, Happiness, Freedom, and Beauty. He contrasts the Shona philosophy of munhu—or the human being with an almost complete neglect of the material aspects of life—with ideas concerning material wealth held by cultures of the Western world.
UNHU—The Personality of the ShonaGelfand, Michael Vol. 4, No. 1. ( Winter, 1970) Misc
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