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- DescriptionThe Universal Church of the Kingdom of God (UCKG), a church of Brazilian origin, has been ermously successful in establishing branches and attracting followers in post-apartheid South Africa. Unlike other Pentecostal Charismatic Churches (PCC), the UCKG insists that relationships with God be devoid of 'emotions', that socialisation between members be kept to a minimum and that charity and fellowship are 'useless' in materialising God's blessings. Instead, the UCKG urges members to sacrifice large sums of money to God for delivering wealth, health, social harmony and happiness. While outsiders condemn these rituals as empty or manipulative, this book shows that they are locally meaningful, demand sincerity to work, have limits and are informed by local ideas about human bodies, agency and ontological balance. As an ethgraphy of people rather than of institutions, this book offers fresh insights into the mass PCC movement that has swept across Africa since the early 1990s.
- Author BiographyIlana van Wyk is a researcher at the Institute for Humanities in Africa at the University of Cape Town, South Africa.
- Author(s)Ilana Van Wyk
- PublisherCambridge University Press
- Date of Publication08/04/2016
- SubjectReligious Studies: Textbooks & Study Guides
- Series TitleThe International African Library
- Series Part/Volume Number47
- Place of PublicationCambridge
- Country of PublicationUnited Kingdom
- ImprintCambridge University Press
- Content Note9 b/w illus. 1 map
- Weight450 g
- Width152 mm
- Height229 mm
- Spine17 mm
- Format DetailsTrade paperback (US)
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