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Morija (Morija)

Morija was one of the first Christian (Evangelical Lutheran) missions in Lesotho, established by the Paris Evangelical Missionary Society (PEMS) in 1833, and it became a major regional centre for schools, teacher training, and publishing. Mohapeloa spent most of his life there, working as a proof reader in the printing press, conducting various choirs, raising a family of four children, and composing in his spare time. (He is also buried there.) The place is revered in the memory of Basotho because of the reputation its institutions have for training teachers and priests, hence the metaphor of the ‘fountain’ in this song. The text also refers to that fact that the Makhoarane plateau above Morija is a rich source of spring water, which is indeed why Basotho King Moshoeshoe I granted the PEMS the right by to live there in 1833; and the lakes fed by the mountain water attracted many wild animals, which are also referred to in the song.



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