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Pentecostalism and Witchcraft

Spiritual Warfare in Africa and Melanesia

Editors: Rio, Knut, MacCarthy, Michelle, Blanes, Ruy (Eds.)

  • Juxtaposes case studies from Melanesia and Africa in order to better compare, contrast, and illuminate the effects of and engagements with PentecostalismFocuses on chief themes of Pentecostalism and witchcraft while also bringing in discussions of globalization, visibility, movements of capital, and embodiment
  • Presents rich and detailed case studies while also offering up wide-ranging theoretical analyses and critiques of established thinking/concepts
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This open access book presents fresh ethnographic work from the regions of Africa and Melanesia—where the popularity of charismatic Christianity can be linked to a revival and transformation of witchcraft. The volume demonstrates how the Holy Spirit has become an adversary to the reconfirmed presence of witches, demons, and sorcerers as manifestations of evil. We learn how this is articulated in spiritual warfare, in crusades, and in healing or witch-killing raids. The contributors highlight what happens to phenomena that people address as locally specific witchcraft or sorcery when re-molded within the universalist Pentecostal demonology, vocabulary, and confrontational methodology. 

About the authors

Knut Rio is Professor of Social Anthropology at the University of Bergen, Norway
Michelle MacCarthy is a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Bergen, Norway
Ruy Blanes is a Ramon y Cajal fellow at the Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas in Spain

Reviews

“Ingeniously entangling Christian demonology and local beliefs, Pentecostalism operates as a major universalizing force that assumes control over life and death, good and evil. This is the starting point of this well composed, mind-boggling volume. It traces the Pentecostalization of witchcraft in various locations in Africa and Melanesia through ten conceptually informed and grounded ethnographies. Framed by an excellent introduction and two concluding afterwords, this volume is a major contribution to the  understanding of the global appeal of the Holy Spirit and spiritual warfare in our time. Far from taking recourse to universal theoretical models and essentializing regional modes of comparison, this amazing intellectual project calls our attention to the operation of universalizing religious regimes in action.” (Birgit Meyer, Professor of Religious Studies, Utrecht University, Netherlands)

Table of contents (13 chapters)

  • Introduction to Pentecostal Witchcraft and Spiritual Politics in Africa and Melanesia

    Rio, Knut (et al.)

    Pages 1-36

  • German Pentecostal Witches and Communists: The Violence of Purity and Sameness

    Bertelsen, Bjørn Enge

    Pages 37-65

  • Becoming Witches: Sight, Sin, and Social Change in the Eastern Highlands of Papua New Guinea

    Strong, Thomas

    Pages 67-92

  • The Ndoki Index: Sorcery, Economy, and Invisible Operations in the Angolan Urban Sphere

    Blanes, Ruy

    Pages 93-114

  • Branhamist Kindoki: Ethnographic Notes on Connectivity, Technology, and Urban Witchcraft in Contemporary Kinshasa

    Pype, Katrien

    Pages 115-144

Buy this book

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  • ISBN 978-3-319-56068-7
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  • ISBN 978-3-319-56067-0
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Pentecostalism and Witchcraft
Book Subtitle
Spiritual Warfare in Africa and Melanesia
Editors
  • Knut Rio
  • Michelle MacCarthy
  • Ruy Blanes
Series Title
Contemporary Anthropology of Religion
Copyright
2017
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-3-319-56068-7
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-56068-7
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-319-56067-0
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XI, 311
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