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Pentecostalism And Witchcraft

Author : Knut Rio
ISBN : 9783319560687
Genre : Social Science
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This open access book presents fresh ethnographic work from the regions of Africa and Melanesia—where the popularity of charismatic Christianity can be linked to a revival and transformation of witchcraft. The volume demonstrates how the Holy Spirit has become an adversary to the reconfirmed presence of witches, demons, and sorcerers as manifestations of evil. We learn how this is articulated in spiritual warfare, in crusades, and in healing or witch-killing raids. The contributors highlight what happens to phenomena that people address as locally specific witchcraft or sorcery when re-molded within the universalist Pentecostal demonology, vocabulary, and confrontational methodology.
Category: Social Science

Spellbound

Author : Elizabeth Reis
ISBN : 0842025774
Genre : Body, Mind & Spirit
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A collection of twelve articles that explore various events in the history of witch-hunting and its demonization of women in American and American women's own use of witchcraft as a source of identity and strength, as well as the complicated relationship between the two.
Category: Body, Mind & Spirit

Pentecostalism And Development

Author : D. Freeman
ISBN : 9781137017246
Genre : Business & Economics
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"Pentecostal Christianity has spread rapidly throughout Africa since the 1980s and has been a major force for change. This book explains why and shows how Pentecostalism articulates with local level development processes. As well as exploring the internal model of 'development' which drives Pentecostal organisations, contributors compare Pentecostal churches and secular NGOs as different types of contemporary development agents and discern the different ways in which they bring about change. At the heart of this book, then, is an exploration of processes of individual and social transformation, and their relevance to understandings of the successes and failures of development."--publisher website.
Category: Business & Economics

Charismatic Control

Author : Steven Lambert
ISBN : 188791501X
Genre : Religion
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Multitudes of sincere and trusting believers are caught unawares in the virtually invisible web of religious captivation in certain Charismatic/Neo-Pentecostal churches. They are unwitting victims of spiritual abuse, psychological enslavement, and various forms of exploitation perpetrated under the heavy-hand of hyper-authoritarianism. That is to say, the leadership of the church-group of which they are a part is dominating, controlling, manipulating, and exploiting their followers for personal gain and private kingdom-building. Such authoritarian abuse is pandemic in some sectors of the Church, and many of the perpetrators are prominent and respected leaders of church-groups or ministries espousing otherwise orthodox Christian beliefs, whose membership is comprised of a cross section of average Americans -- individuals and families -- of every race, education level, station, and walk of life, rather than radical, fringe religious sects and cults as many would suppose. Though religious predomination is certainly nothing new, and hyper-authoritarianism is by no means limited to the Neo-Pentecostal branch of the Church, it has especially flourished in the Charismatic and Neo-Pentecostal groups since it was infused into the very fabric, foundation, and functions of that branch of the Church in the early- to mid-1970s during what became known as the discipleship or Shepherding Movement. The doctrines and practices spawned in that movement remain an integral part of the operations of many churches and groups today. Charismatic Control tells readers how to recognize unBiblical hyper-authoritarian doctrines and practices; how they became a widespread, integral part of the Neo-Pentecostal church; why these teachings and practices are outright witchcraft, authored by Satan Himself; "The Common Control Mechanisms" employed by hyper-authoritarian groups and leaders. This book is must-reading for anyone suspected of being a victim of authoritarian abuse. It is an abridged version of the book, Charismatic Captivation.
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Spirit Filled World

Author : Allan Heaton Anderson
ISBN : 9783319737300
Genre : Religion
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This book is about African Pentecostalism and its relationship to religious beliefs about a pervading spirit world. It argues that Pentecostalism keeps both a continuous and a discontinuous relationship in tension. Based on field research in a South African township, including qualitative interviews and focus group discussions, the study explores the context of African Pentecostalism as a whole and how it interacts with the concepts of ancestors, divination, and various types of spirit. Themes discussed include the reasons for the popularity of healing, exorcism, the “prosperity gospel,” the experience of the Holy Spirit, Spirit manifestations and practices resembling both traditional and biblical precedents, as well as scholarly discussions on African Pentecostalism from theological and social scientific disciplines. The book suggests that the focus on a spirit-filled world affects all kinds of events and explains the rapid growth of Pentecostalism outside the western world.
Category: Religion

Perspectives On African Witchcraft

Author : Mariano Pavanello
ISBN : 9781315439907
Genre : Social Science
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This volume draws on a range of ethnographic and historical material to provide insight into witchcraft in sub-Saharan Africa. The chapters explore a variety of cultural contexts, with contributions focusing on Cameroon, Central African Republic, Ghana, Mali, Ethiopia and Eritrean diaspora. The book considers the concept of witchcraft itself, the interrelations with religion and medicine, and the theoretical frameworks employed to explain the nature of modern African witchcraft representations.
Category: Social Science

Witchcraft Demons And Deliverance

Author : Claudia Währisch-Oblau
ISBN : 9783643906571
Genre : Religion
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Beliefs in witchcraft and demons still shape many societies and seem to be increasing rather than disappearing with modernization and urbanization. Witch hunts in Africa and Asia show the scope of the problem. The deliverance practices of Pentecostal and charismatic churches are widely controversial and their effects rather ambiguous. The contributions in this volume, written by experts and practitioners from four continents, analyze these phenomena from the perspectives of intercultural theology, anthropology and ethnology and describe the responses of Catholic and Protestant churches. Claudia Wahrisch-Oblau is a missiologist and heads the Evangelism Department of the United Evangelical Mission, Wuppertal, Germany. Henning Wrogemann is Professor for Missiology and Comparative Religion at the Protestant University Wuppertal/Bethel, Germany.
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Magical Interpretations Material Realities

Author : Henrietta L. Moore
ISBN : 9781134575572
Genre : Social Science
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'Magical Interpretations, Material Realities brings together many of today's best scholars of contemporary Africa. The theme of "witchcraft" has long been associated with exoticizing portraits of a "traditional" Africa, but this volume takes the question of occult as a point of entry into the moral politics of some very modern African realities.' - James Ferguson, University of California, USA 'These essays bear eloquent testimony to the ongoing presence and power of the occult imaginary, and of the intimate connection between global capitalism and local cosmology, in postcolonial Africa. A major contribution to scholarship that aims to rework the divide between modernity and tradition.' - Charles Piot, Duke University, USA This volume sets out recent thinking on witchcraft in Africa, paying particular attention to variations in meanings and practices. It examines the way different people in different contexts are making sense of what 'witchcraft' is and what it might mean. Using recent ethnographic materials from across the continent, the volume explores how witchcraft articulates with particular modern settings for example: the State in Cameroon; Pentecostalism in Malawi; the university system in Nigeria and the IMF in Ghana, Sierra Leone and Tanzania. The editors provide a timely overview and reconsideration of long-standing anthropological debates about 'African witchcraft', while simultaneously raising broader concerns about the theories of the western social sciences.
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Pagan Pentecostalism

Author : Curtis Edwards
ISBN : 1500858080
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The history of Pentecostalism starts in Africa, home of Voodoo (vodou), the traditional religion of the motherland and the traditional religion of the diaspora. Here, the Damballa snake worshiping people were sadly shackled and sent abroad as human slaves. Coincidentally, the West and Central coast of Africa was also exporting slave religion, Orissa spirits and the spiritual culture of the homeland, including glossolalia. African slaves made their way to the Americas, particularly to Louisiana, which is a continuum to this narrative. Why? One hundred miles southwest of New Orleans, in Hoodoo country, William J. Seymour, child of slaves, was born. William J. Seymour had early life experiences with spirits and parallel manifestations like unto his forefathers who practiced pagan Voodoo religion. Unlike them though he was tainted with Protestantism and in his early thirties, around 1903, he became associated with the Church of God Evening Light Saints. This white, but racially inclusive group of holiness people, became his home. Here he was saved, filled with the Spirit and had a ministerial position. Seymour's story continues as he changes denominations, doctrines, spirits and locales. In 1906 he is found in Houston, where he is schooled by Charles Fox Parham concerning a spiritual work needed by humanity, above what Seymour received while part of the Evening Light Saints. According to Parham, there was a third work which was evidenced by xeno glossolalia. It was a miracle, like Pentecost, whereby ministers and missionaries could speak in the native languages (tongues) of foreigners. Seymour bought in. In 1906, after arriving in Los Angeles, Seymour "got the Holy Ghost and tongues" and became the Father of Pentecostalism. Under his leadership multitudes of people received this glossolalia at the Azusa Revival and a world-wide missionary effort began. But the Devil is in the details, for understandable language did not take root as promised by Parham and Seymour. The whole concept was ill-fated and nothing more than the unintelligible gibberish, like African witch doctors practice, was the result. Not only were the missionaries disillusioned with their Shaman-like tongues, but the entire outgrowth of Azusa was thrown into a series of exact and parallel manifestations, those seen in Voodoo and in African traditional religion. Early on, numbers of denominations and ministers took the snake oil of Damballa and experienced his pagan-based reactions, from illicit sex to glossolalia. But Pentecostal Paganism is an energizer bunny, for the initial 1906 pagan manifestations pale in comparison to what the so-called "Holy Ghost" is doing in post-Azusa. It seems that the Damballa Spirit of Paganism has camouflaged himself as the real Holy Spirit - and created Pentecostal Paganism. His cunning methodology has allowed Pentecostals to "pray in tongues" while at the same time hiss like snakes, practice gay sex, steal widows money through false pretense, talk to dead people, laugh uncontrollably and indulge in witchcraft. These, among many other Pentecostal Pagan manifestations have been used to paint the picture. Now that the final colors have been placed on this rendering, take time to study its hues and composition - then contemplate the interpretation of its pagan shades, 50 shades of Pagan Pentecostalism.
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Practicing The Faith

Author : Martin Lindhardt
ISBN : 9780857450487
Genre : Social Science
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Over the past decades, Pentecostal-charismatic Christianity has arguably become the fastest growing religious movement in the world. Distinguishing features of this variant of Christianity include formal ritual activities as well as informal, experiential, and ecstatic forms of worship. This book examines Pentecostal-charismatic ritual practice in different parts of the world, highlighting, among other things, the crucial role of ritual in creating religious communities and identities.
Category: Social Science