Illustrated talks by Alleyn Diesel to celebrate Pietermaritzburg's Religious traditions

The Tatham Art Gallery will be hosting a series of illustrated talks by Alleyn Diesel which will celebrate Pietermaritzburg’s Religious traditions. Alleyn Diesel has a PhD in Religious Studies from the University of Natal, where she taught in the Religious Studies Department.

The talks will be held at 11h00 on the first Saturday of September, October, November and December and will take place in the newly refurbished Lecture Theatre in the Tatham Art Gallery. Each talk will last approximately one hour.

The first talk, which will take place on Saturday 5 September at 11h00, will consider the Hindu Tradition, and will cover the arrival of Hindus in PMB from 1863 onwards; main Hindu beliefs; the three divine traditions of Vishnu, Shiva & Shakti (the Goddess); and traditional Hinduism will be distinguished from Neo-Hinduism. Each aspect will be illustrated with examples of local religious buildings.

The second talk will be on 3 October and will look at the Sufi presence in KwaZulu-Natal, and will be followed by a talk on the Christian presence on 7 November 2015. This illustrated talk will examine the history of the arrival of the various Christian denominations such as Methodists, Anglicans, Roman Catholics, Presbyterians, Congregationalist and others; and their contribution to the rich spiritual life of the City.

The fourth talk by Alleyn Diesel will take place on 05 December at 10h30.
She will be talking about Firewalking and Female Divinities in the Hindu Tradition and will discuss The challenge of the light and dark aspects of the Mother Goddess.

Cost is R30 per person per talk, and booking is required to ensure that the venue is not over booked. Please email Bryony Clark :,
or call 033 392 2825 (mornings only) or 033 392 2828.

The Gallery shop will be open from 10h00 on the Saturdays that the talks take place as will the Gallery Coffee Shop.

Safe parking will be available in the Legislature grounds.

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