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:-D whahaha I prefer the blow job stories lolol.. maybe just cause I'm south african and to me it's old news hehe

I love the SA stories. One of the things I like most about you is your obvious love for your country.

Wow, it appears from that pie chart that all the Jews have left SA. I knew that many ended up in our little city (We've got thousands of SA families here) and they've said that Jews were leaving in droves, but I had no idea that they ALL left. Are there any left that you know of?

Can you hear the Americans snoring, Tertia? :-)

I like that 15.1% in the "none" category for religion. Do you know if South Africa's blacks or whites are more likely to follow no religion?

Also, I want to hear more specific information about South Africa. Namely, about a shrink in Cape Town. Let's hear it!

They may not be your most popular posts, or get the most comments, but I love your posts about South Africa. So please feel free to share your info or reflections about life in South Africa, and not just as a backup when you feel like you don't have anything else to say!

Just another person who likes reading the SA information. It's definitely fun learning about other places.

Thinking about our 'friends' here .... blah blah blah, blah blah blah!

What about Robbie Hunter? He should provide loads of inspiration. I was thrilled when he was the first person from SA (and in fact the entire continent!) to win a stage in the Tour de France (and place second the very next day).

And he's a hottie to boot.

I meant place third the next day.

Two things I'd love to hear more about: prices of everyday things (I'm Dutch after all LOL) and baby names in SA. And, with regards to your post: how religious are people are in general in SA? What does this 15 percent mean?

I looked at similar stats about The Netherlands, and it says something about 42 percent of the adults not being religious at all. Which sounds like the people around me: about half the people I know are either muslim, jewish, catholic or reformed, and the other half believes in, well, humanity, or themselves, or... Well you know what I mean, hopefully.

But religion is not a huge issue here, people either go to church or they don't, it has nothing to do with who your friends, co-workers or neighbours are. I (catholic family, but not believing in something high and mighty) live with a guy from a Dutch reformed family. His family would be happier if we'd marry (eventhough I'm "from" a different religion), but since we both believe that being in a relationship for 8 years more or less equals marriage, there's no point in actually spending a zillion dollars on a wedding we don't need/want. Although we're the only ones in his huge family that are still not married, I'm just as welcome as my peers: everyone knows it's 2007.

Except for head scarfs on muslim women you usually can't tell if someone is religious or not: everyone wears the same outfits. There is a very intense debate about immigration going on however. Everytime a Maroccan or Turkish family has been here for a few decades (they came to work here in the 60's and stayed), they fly in young brides (and grooms), fresh from the more conservative parts of their home country. That's another generation "lost" in many eyes.

My point (sory for the rambling): how visible is religion in SA? Can a christian marry a non-religious person without much raised eyebrows?

I love hearing about SA too, and am dying to come for a visit one of these years.
I'd also love to hear about SA baby naming trends!

Margalit, there is a very big Jewish community here in SA. I am surprised too that it doesn't show up in the chart? Odd.

Orange - what I think the researchers haven't accounted for is the large % of people who follow traditional / ancestoral beliefs. And there are many people like that. The study seems to only really account for formalized, 'Western' religion.

Millie - surely you can't be asking me to talk about CYCLING??? ;-)

Emma - there is a very strong tolerance here for all religions. Because we really are so diverse and so multi-cultural, there is a lot of freedom and acceptance of just about any and all beliefs. It is fantastic. They often hold cross denominational prayer meetings, with Jews, Muslims, Christians etc all praying together, side by side. I love it.

I have always wanted to travel through Africa. I wanted to see jungles and savanna when I was little, but it wasn't until my mother made repeat trips to Egypt and told me about what northern Africa was like that I thought about seeing the cities and more of the diversity in the people and their ways of life. It has always intrigued me how people - though we are all more or less biological equals (and by more or less meaning only that some heritages are more prone to certain diseases, etc.), we are so varied in the ways we choose to live. Religion, family orientation, wealth distribution, child-rearing, housing styles, what jobs are more important, etc. I love seeing a life different from my own!

Very cool, good to get the background. SOOO different from America's predominance of white-Christian. Ugh.

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