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Clarity and charisma: on the uses of ambiguity in ritual life

Engelke, Matthew (2006) Clarity and charisma: on the uses of ambiguity in ritual life. In: Engelke, Matthew and Tomlinson, Matt, (eds.) The Limits of Meaning: Case Studies in the Anthropology of Christianity. Berghahn Books, New York, US, pp. 63-84. ISBN 978184545170-7

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In this chapter, I argue that a focus on charisma can help us understand the extent to which clarity in religious ritual generates a meaningful attitude. The focus is upon two examples from the Johane Masowe church, an apostolic Christian Church with congregations found throughout most of Zimbabwe.

Item Type: Book Section
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Additional Information: © 2006 Berghahn Books
Divisions: LSE Human Rights
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BR Christianity
G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GN Anthropology
Sets: Research centres and groups > Centre for the Study of Human Rights
Departments > Anthropology
Date Deposited: 17 Jan 2008
Last Modified: 20 May 2020 01:27

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