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The problem of belief: Evans-Pritchard and Victor Turner on "the inner life."

Engelke, Matthew (2002) The problem of belief: Evans-Pritchard and Victor Turner on "the inner life.". Anthropology Today, 18 (6). pp. 3-8. ISSN 0268-540X

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Between 1993 and 1999 I spent 17 months in Zimbabwe studying the Johane Masowe Church, an African religious movement with roots in the Makoni District stretching back to the early 1930s. Like most other African independent churches, the Masowe Church lays great stress on spiritual healing, the eradication of witchcraft, and possession by the Holy Spirit (see Sundkler 1961, Comaroff 1985, Hoehler-Fatton 1996, Muller 1999). During the course of my fieldwork there were a number of instances in which these 'other-worldly' activities forced me to think about the connection between fieldwork methods and religious beliefs.

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Additional Information: © 2002 The Royal Anthropological Institute
Divisions: LSE Human Rights
Subjects: G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GN Anthropology
Sets: Research centres and groups > Centre for the Study of Human Rights
Departments > Anthropology
Date Deposited: 20 Oct 2008 14:00
Last Modified: 25 Jul 2021 23:13

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