Death in a Church of Life: Moral Passion during Botswana's Time of AIDS (The Anthropology of Christianity 8)
Frederick Klaits (Author)
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This deeply insightful ethnography explores the healing power of caring and intimacy in a small, closely bonded Apostolic congregation during Botswana's HIV/AIDS pandemic. "Death in a Church of Life" paints a vivid picture of how members of the Baitshepi Church make strenuous efforts to sustain loving relationships amid widespread illness and death. Over the course of long-term fieldwork, Frederick Klaits discovered Baitshepi's distinctly maternal ethos and the 'spiritual' kinship embodied in the church's nurturing fellowship practice. Klaits shows that for Baitshepi members, Christian faith is a form of moral passion that counters practices of divination and witchcraft with redemptive hymn singing, prayer, and the use of therapeutic substances. An online audio annex makes available the examples of the church members' preachings and songs. 4 line illustrations, 2 maps
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About the Author
Frederick Klaits, a cultural anthropologist, teaches in the Thompson Writing Program at Duke University.
- Contributor: Frederick Klaits
- Imprint: University of California Press
- ISBN13: 9780520259652
- Number of Pages: 368
- Packaged Dimensions: 152x229x25mm
- Packaged Weight: 726
- Format: Hardback
- Publisher: University of California Press
- Release Date: 2010-02-05
- Series: The Anthropology of Christianity
- Binding: Hardback
- Biography: Frederick Klaits, a cultural anthropologist, teaches in the Thompson Writing Program at Duke University.
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