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Contemporary Anthropology of Religion

Yoruba in Diaspora

An African Church in London

Authors: Harris, H.

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The Nigerian diaspora is now world-wide, and when Yoruba travel, they take with them their religious organizations. As a member of the Cherubim and Seraphim church in London for over thirty years, anthropologist Hermione Harris explores a world of prayer, spirit possession, and divination through dreams and visions.

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HERMIONE HARRIS is an Anthropologist, currently a research associate at the School of Oriental and African Studies, London University, UK.

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"The Yoruba community in London was one of the largest African groups, already substantial when Harris began her fieldwork in 1969, and is now an established and significant ethnic minority. Her account is based on extensive participant observation, interviews, and written records kept by the church members at her request. The narrative is lively, and enriched with a number of fascinating descriptions ofAládùúrà services, and illuminating testimonies, reminiscences, and comments by the worshippers. It is clear that Harris was an excellent field worker, endowed with both resilience and empathy, and the material she presents is full and detailed. As a study of religious change, this book is important for its documentation of a substantial but neglected topic: the nature of Aládùúrà churches in Britain. Extensive and important work has been done on the Aládùúrà churches in Nigeria by Harold Turner, J. D. Y. Peel, and others, but very little on the variants found among Yoruba communities in Britain. It explores the interaction of traditional and Christian spiritual repertoires in commendable depth. As a study of the religious dimension of a particular community - Yoruba labor/educational migrants in late-twentieth century London-it is a pioneering piece of work which will find a readership in several academic disciplines." - Karin Barber, University of Birmingham, England

"Deeply researched, beautifully written, and informed by a lively sympathy for its subjects, Hermione Harris's book is by far the richest study that has yet been done of an African Christian church in the Diaspora. Reaching back to the first big wave of Nigerian settlement in London over forty years ago, Harris's subtle analysis shows how indigenous Yoruba notions of spiritual power fuse with Bible interpretation to shape the life-worlds of Nigerian students and workers, and underpin the rituals of prayer and revelation that answer to their practical and existential needs. This will surely prove a benchmark study for anyone interested in the religious life of the African Diaspora for many years to come." - J. D. Y. Peel, SOAS (London)

"At a time when contemporary anthropological and sociological scholarship on African Christianity has concentrated on multifaceted processes of globalizing Pentecostalism, Hermione Harris's new book is an important reminder that a fresh understanding of the so-called African Initiated (or Indpendent/Instituted) Churches (AICs) is necessary in putting African Pentecostalism in proper (global) perspective... Scholars and students of African religions/Christianities across the disciplines will find this book of much use in their work." - Asonzeh Ukah


Table of contents (9 chapters)

  • Introduction

    Harris, Hermione

    Pages 1-18

  • “Stars of the World”: Yoruba Worker-Students in Britain

    Harris, Hermione

    Pages 19-40

  • The Cherubim and Seraphim Church, United Kingdom

    Harris, Hermione

    Pages 41-53

  • From Aṣẹ to Agbara: The Concept of Spiritual Power in the Cherubim and Seraphim

    Harris, Hermione

    Pages 55-82

  • “Electrical Energy”: Dynamic Metaphors of Spiritual Power

    Harris, Hermione

    Pages 83-110

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Hardcover $149.99
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Yoruba in Diaspora
Book Subtitle
An African Church in London
Authors
Series Title
Contemporary Anthropology of Religion
Copyright
2006
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan US
Copyright Holder
Hermione Harris
eBook ISBN
978-0-230-60104-8
DOI
10.1057/9780230601048
Hardcover ISBN
978-1-4039-7480-8
Softcover ISBN
978-1-349-53550-7
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
IX, 294
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