Morija (Morija)

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Morija Training College Choir, cond. B. Mashologu. ILAM 78 r.p.m. Shellac record no. CR3032, master no. 1086, recording no. GE142, 1936/37, copied 1951. Morija was the major French Protestant mission station in Lesotho, established in the first half of the 19th century and becoming a flourishing centre, famous among other things for its schools and printing press. Mohapeloa refers proudly in this SATB (here TTBB) song to the clans and their totem animals represented in Morija’s institutions.

This is Morija, the fountain of learning and knowledge. Come to this flowing fountain, boys and girls. Those who drink the water thereof leave as true heroes whose strength is found in the knowledge and wisdom gained there. (JPM) In the lakes crocodiles live, also hippo; lion and elephant drink there, yes, all those tribes. In Morija, there are Bakoena, Bataung and Batloung; Rantšo’s age mates. Here in Morija, nations come. It is a big fountain, to make strong people. They are strong people, men of truth. Education and wisdom are their strength. (MM-S)

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