• Purpose in mind
Albert Lau feels that national history is established with a particular intention. The nature of this purpose could either be in a nation’s effort to foster a sense of belonging or even identify amongst its citizens or the state’s means to nation-building. In the context of Singapore, the perspective in which the Singapore Story, the official national history, is written is one which can be used in achieved in its “agenda of nation-building”.
• Shaper of national identity
The spreading of the national identity is a vital strategy the Singapore government employs as a measure to foster a sense of belonging and affinity to the nation. The Singapore nation was borne out of catastrophe and disharmony and there was an immense pressure on the government to preserve our heritage and establish a homogenous society with a shared vision for the future. The “deliberative use of history in the fashioning of a national narrative” is hence employed as a tool to shape national identity which inevitably sterhtyesn and aids our survival. • Political
The national history of Singapore used in the development of nation building undeniably is a political method of achieving the government’s • Subjective
With the main aim of
The use of national history as evidence for the consolidation of power and ability to foster a sense of identity is ultimately a legitimate claim with the backing of the past. No one can deny nor reject the past and
There is an adage that says change is inevitable. The way a myriad of things such as dressing, language, food and even culture of society keeps changing with time. Among the things that keep on changing, norms and a nation itself are not exceptions. They have also fallen victim to change. A nation is in itself continuously undergoing change and evolving. It never remains stagnated and
One of the traditions that have changed with time is the way pregnant women, their spouses and households were supposed to live and observe several traditional practices in the past and how they are living these days.
In the past, in the Chewa culture, as read in the book Maliro ndi Miyambo ya Achewa by Archibald Makumbi, and other notable cultures such as Lomwe, a pregnant woman was not allowed to add salt to any cooked meal in the household for fear of causing a disaster in the household as that was regarded taboo.
These days, with the coming in of education, people have realised that it was just a fallacy and there is no harm in a pregnant woman adding salt to any meal in the home.
Apart from pregnant women being stopped from doing so, girls who had reached puberty were also advised to avoid the same whenever they were in their menstrual periods for fear of bringing tsempho (the taboo disease in which body wasting is a sign, thought to be caused by improper implementation of ancestral and customary rules) to the household.
This culture is also long gone, though being practised in some rural areas, especially among the Lomwe where it is always a norm that a girl past puberty should always call for a minor to add salt when preparing meals.
According to Traditional Authority Mlauli of Neno, a pregnant woman was also not allowed to sleep with her husband after six months of her pregnancy and three months after she had given birth as this was deemed as a taboo that would cause a miscarriage.