This comparative and historical study focuses on religious aspects of disease etiologies among five, systematically selected, African peoples: the San, Maasai, Sukuma, Kongo and Yoruba. Unlike the homogenizing tendencies of many earlier comparative works by scholars of religion, this book highlights the differences between and the plurality within the religions and cultures of the selected peoples, as well as processes of change. The work covers a period of about 100 years, from the late 19th to the late 20th century, and much of the material used comes from European mission archives. To different degrees among the peoples studied, there has been a gradual shift from an emphasis on spiritual beings such as God and ancestors to living humans like ‘witches’ as agents of disease. In a theoretically eclective analysis, possible reasons for this shift are discussed.
African Indigenous Religions and Disease Causation
Edited by Hans de Wit and Gerald O. West
Addressing an urgent and deeply felt need for more dialogue between interpreters of the Bible from radically different contexts, this book reflects in a comprehensive and existential manner on how to establish new alliances, how to learn from each other, and how to read Scripture in a manner ...
The Republic of Benin struggles to find its way into socio-political modernity. The Christian churches have played various roles in this struggle. This book is an account of both the historical difficulties of state formation and the role the Churches have played in this process.
Jane E. Soothill
Against a backdrop of debate concerning the role of Pentecostalism as a mediator of 'modernity', this book examines the interaction between charismatic Christianity, spiritual power and gendered social change in contemporary Ghana.
Mark R.J. Faulkner
This book affords a unique insight into the encounter between an African indigenous religious tradition and Islam. It explores how the Boni community of Kenya draw on their pre-Islamic religion to fashion resistance in the face of external efforts at control and manipulation.
J. Kwabena Asamoah-Gyadu
This book provides significant insights into current historical and theological developments affecting independent indigenous Pentecostalism in Ghana. The information used originates from a specific African context, but serves as a window for understanding modern African Christianity.
Edited by Brad Weiss
The cumulative implications for Africans of the neoliberal processes (market speculation, shifts in sites of production, new modes of consumption, redefinition of the relation between states and their citizenry) cannot be reduced to single parameters. Three themes are central: the neoliberal ...
This is a ground-breaking study of the formation of a new voice in theology emerging from African women theologians working against the grain of the African mission churches' settled interpretation of women's role. The theological themes and societall vision of Protestant and Catholic women ...
The introduction sets Isaiah Shembe and the Nazareth Baptist Church in the context of contemporary South African religion, social history and politics and offers a new reading of the importance of place, memory and literacy in the early history of the church. The three texts in Zulu and English, ...
Edited by David Maxwell with Ingrid Lawrie
The book charts Christianity’s advance in Africa, exploring how African agents (priests, prophets, martyrs, missionaries) made the religion their own. It shows Christianity empowering Africans, through faith, to deal with concerns for health and wealth, and overcoming evil. It demonstrates how ...
Joan F. Burke
After considering how the political and Church culture fostered the 'inculturation' of Catholic religious institutions, this ethnographic work documents the unfolding African expression of the Sisterhood among a group of women religious in the former-Zaire.
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