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Healing and Conversion in New Religious Movements in Africa [microform] : Elements of an Indigenous Epistemology / Lamin Sanneh
Bib ID 5451220
Format MicroformMicroform, BookBook
Author
Sanneh, Lamin
 
Description [Washington, D.C.] : Distributed by ERIC Clearinghouse, 1983 
30 p. 
Summary

In this analysis of healing and conversion as two of the most notable and persistent traits of the new religious movements in Africa, healing is described as an indigenous religious category within the context of conversion as a modern permutation of African religion. Religious conversion is most strikingly represented in societies where the traditional religious culture continues to play a significant role. Thus, wherever traditional religious culture is no longer an important influence, religious conversion as a modern phenomenon is correspondingly scarce. The coincidence of the rise of new religious movements within areas of Western influence is seen not only as a result of the impact of Western influence but also as a result of indigenous local factors. Historical examples of traditional leaders and healers such as Joseph Babalola, Ma Mbele, George Khambule, Ma Nku, and Simon Kimbangu are traced. In these examples, modern permutations of conversion take place within the revised setting of the older heritage. In addition, procedures such as the use of ashes and water and Zionist practices are described to illustrate the evolution of traditional African religion into modern Christian practices. The document concludes with a brief recapitulation of the significance of new religious movements for the reform and modernization of African societies. (LH)

Notes

Sponsoring Agency: Bernard Van Leer Foundation, The Hague (Netherlands).

ERIC Note: Paper from the Project on Human Potential. For other project papers, see SO 016 244-270.

May also be available online. Address as at 14/8/18: https://eric.ed.gov/

Reproduction Microfiche. [Washington D.C.]: ERIC Clearinghouse microfiches : positive. 
Subjects African History.  |  Christianity.  |  Comparative Analysis.  |  Cultural Context.  |  Cultural Influences.  |  Epistemology.  |  Folk Culture.  |  Islamic Culture.  |  Modernization.  |  Religion.  |  Social Change.  |  Traditionalism.  |  Africa Healing  |  Religious Movements
Form/genre Reports, General.
Other authors/contributors Harvard Univ., Cambridge, MA. Graduate School of Education
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