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Title:Vernacular Christianity: essays in the social anthropology of religion presented to Godfrey Lienhardt
Editors:James, WendyISNI
Johnson, Douglas H.ISNI
Lienhardt, GodfreyISNI
City of publisher:New York
Publisher:Lilian Barber Press
ISBN:093650823X; 1870047303
Geographic term:Subsaharan Africa
Abstract:In the study of the religious life of particular communities at particular times, anthropology has much to offer Christian studies. This collective volume focuses on some of the ways in which Christianity has been experienced, apprehended and expressed in 'native' terms. The case studies are divided into three sections. The first includes a number of essays on 'old' vernacular styles of the Christian world, including one on the complete disappearance of medieval Nubian Christianity in the Sudan in both public and personal expression. Section 2 draws attention to the 19th-century redefinitions of religion. Section 3 (New vernaculars on the Christian frontier) deals, in a variety of mainly African contexts, with the consequences of the imperial encounter for the way in which Christianity was and still is being received by former subjects of European control. It contains case studies on the coming of Christianity to Nigeria's Middle Belt; Shona (Zimbabwe) selections from biblical myth; mission music and the spread of the gospel among the Uduk of Sudan; trance and Christianity in southern Ghana; responses to Christianity of the Dinka of Sudan; and Dinka missionaries in foreign lands.