African Pilgrimage: Ritual Travel in South Africa's Christianity of Zion
By: Retief Muller (author)Hardback
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Years after the end of Apartheid South Africa remains racially polarized and socially divided. In this context pilgrimage and travelling rituals serve to help those who often find themselves at the bottom end of the social ladder to make sense of their world. This book describes a South Africa that is made up of a number of different fragmented worlds. The focus is on the Zion Christian Church, one of the largest religious movements in southern Africa, and a good example of indigenized African Christianity. Pilgrimage plays an important role in reintegrating some of those fragmented worlds into something approaching wholeness. This book tells the story of how the enduring ritual of pilgrimage is transforming African religion, along with the lives of ordinary South Africans.
Retief MA ller has a PhD in History and Ecumenics from Princeton Theological Seminary. Born and raised in South Africa, he currently lives in Daegu, South Korea. He is assistant professor in humanities at Keimyung University. His research interests and publications include issues relating to migration and pilgrimage, rain and environmental rituals, race and ethnicity, cross-cultural studies, globalisation theory, and the contemporary contexts of World Christianity.
Contents: Part I Introduction: Introduction and background. Part II The Local Church Context: ZCC worship observed: a world within worlds; The ZCC pulpit: a rhetorical focal point in the local church; The Prophet's word: charismatic discourse at the grassroots. Part III Pilgrimage to Moria: A Sacred Centre in a Rural Periphery: A 'New Year's' festival at the ZCC headquarters; Zion City revisited. Part IV Outward-Bound Pilgrimage: The ZCC Bishop in the Center: The travelling church; A border-crossing pilgrimage. Part V Conclusion: The ZCC enigma and the role of pilgrimage; Glossary; Bibliography; Index.
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