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African Indigenous Religions and Disease Causation: From Spiritual Beings to Living Humans (Paperback)

David Westerlund

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ISBN 10: 9004144331 / ISBN 13: 9789004144330
Edité par Brill, Netherlands, 2006
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Language: English . Brand New Book. 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. N° de réf. du libraire AAN9789004144330

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Titre : African Indigenous Religions and Disease ...

Éditeur : Brill, Netherlands

Date d'édition : 2006

Reliure : Paperback

Etat du livre :New

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This comparative and historical work provides rich material on religion and disease etiologies among five African peoples (San, Maasai, Sukuma, Kongo and Yoruba) and discusses possible reasons for an important shift from spiritual beings such as deities to living humans like witches as agents of disease.

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David Westerlund, Ph.D. (1980) in the History of Religions, Stockholm University, is Professor of the Study of Religions at Södertörn University College in Stockholm. He has published extensively on religions in Africa and the West, including the recent Sufism in Europe and North America (2004), which he has edited.

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