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- DescriptionThis deeply insightful ethgraphy explores the healing power of caring and intimacy in a small, closely bonded Apostolic congregation during Botswana's HIV/AIDS pandemic. Death in a Church of Life paints a vivid picture of how members of the Baitshepi Church make strenuous efforts to sustain loving relationships amid widespread illness and death. Over the course of long-term fieldwork, Frederick Klaits discovered Baitshepi's distinctly maternal ethos and the 'spiritual' kinship embodied in the church's nurturing fellowship practice. Klaits shows that for Baitshepi members, Christian faith is a form of moral passion that counters practices of divination and witchcraft with redemptive hymn singing, prayer, and the use of therapeutic substances. An online audio annex makes available the examples of the church members' preachings and songs.
- Author BiographyFrederick Klaits, a cultural anthropologist, teaches in the Thompson Writing Program at Duke University.
- Author(s)Frederick Klaits
- PublisherUniversity of California Press
- Date of Publication01/02/2010
- SubjectChristianity: General
- Series TitleThe Anthropology of Christianity
- Series Part/Volume Number8
- Place of PublicationBerkerley
- Country of PublicationUnited States
- ImprintUniversity of California Press
- Content Note4 line illustrations, 2 maps
- Weight458 g
- Width152 mm
- Height229 mm
- Spine22 mm
- Format DetailsTrade paperback (US)
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