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The anthropological literature on non secular innovation and resistance in African Christianity has tended to concentration virtually completely on what have become referred to as African self reliant church buildings. only a few anthropological reports have checked out related techniques inside undertaking church buildings. via an ethnographic learn of localizing techniques in a Charismatic move in Cameroon and Paris, the booklet seriously explores the dialectics among 'Pentecostalization' and 'Africanization' inside of modern African Catholicism. it seems that either tactics pursue, even though for various reasons, the missionary coverage of dismantling neighborhood cultures and religions: practices and discourses of Africanization dissect them looking for 'authentic' African values; Charismatic ritual nonetheless beneficial properties the dramatization of the defeat of neighborhood deities and spirits by means of Christianity.

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God is truly good because it is not raining too much now and work on our new building site in Nkol-Bisson is progressing well. But the builders are lazy; sometimes it does not rain but they do not show up. Hebga is well aware that if Ephphata has so far survived the storms which came its way, it is partly thanks to his strong Charismatic leadership and to his ability to confront unsympathetic bishops and fellow clerics. He is now old and cannot but worry about the future of Ephphata after him. The constant struggle for power among his close associates gives the impression that the movement is likely to fall apart after him.

Suffering, especially when coupled with the fear of an imminent death, tends to put some extra pressure on human agency because of the need to act quickly and efficiently. For this reason, it is very conducive to syncretic innovations (Massé 2002: 8). Recent medical anthropology (Young 1982; Kleinman 1988; Helman 1994) has helpfully differentiated concepts of ‘disease’, ‘illness’ and ‘sickness’ in an attempt to distinguish the objective, subjective and social dimensions of human ailments. By analysing misfortune narratives, my 42 chapter two approach focuses on “how the sick person and the members of the family or wider social network perceive, live with, and respond” (Kleinman 1988: 4) not only to sickness, but to misfortunes in general.

We can see Hebga appealing to the authority of the Pope to defend the legitimacy of the empowerment of the laity in the healing ministry. But although he can easily handle the hostility of a fellow priest, it is far more risky to get into trouble with a bishop: Once, a bishop told me that I do not have the right to bless oil and that it is the prerogative of a bishop. He was obviously wrong. … There are stupid bishops who do not follow up doctrinal developments in the Church. But I told them that I will continue to bless oil.

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