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- DescriptionThis is a thought-provoking study of how ritual unites an African community against social and ecomic hardships.A case study in the transcendent powers of ritual and faith, Under the Capy illustrates how the healing rites performed at St. John's Apostolic Faith Mission Church, located in Guguletu, an African township in Cape Town, offered a means by which these poor black South Africans liberated themselves from oppressive systems. Thomas argues that the healing rites, and the folk medicine they involved, reoriented the community's focus away from conditions under apartheid and enlisted active community support that aided in expelling the aggressive and toxic apartheid system. Thomas's ethgraphic study underscores the remarkable ability of ecomically disadvantaged people in South Africa to use their few material resources to create powerful and transformative rituals that helped them endure and overcome inhuman circumstances.
- Author BiographyLinda E. Thomas is a professor of theology and anthropology at the Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago and the editor of Living Stones in the Household of God: The Legacy and Future of Black Theology.
- Author(s)Linda Elaine Thomas
- PublisherUniversity of South Carolina Press
- Date of Publication15/12/2007
- SubjectSociology & Anthropology: Professional
- Series TitleStudies in Comparative Religion
- Place of PublicationSouth Carolina
- Country of PublicationUnited States
- ImprintUniversity of South Carolina Press
- Content Note8 illustrations
- Weight313 g
- Width152 mm
- Height229 mm
- Spine12 mm
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