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Title:The Power of Money: Politics, Occult Forces, and Pentecostalism in Ghana
Author:Meyer, BirgitISNI
Year:1998
Periodical:African Studies Review
Volume:41
Issue:3
Period:December
Pages:15-37
Language:English
Geographic term:Ghana
Subjects:magic
Baptist Church
patronage
Peoples of Africa (Ethnic Groups)
Politics and Government
Religion and Witchcraft
External link:https://www.jstor.org/stable/525352
Abstract:This paper explains how Christianity, especially the pentecostal variant highly popular in southern Ghana, came to cast political discourse in religious terms. On the basis of an examination of a popular Ghanaian movie about a chief who indulges in ritual murder in order to generate wealth and power, the paper shows that in Ghana a public debate is going on about the (im)morality of power. In this debate, rumours about the occult sources of power and wealth form the flip side of politicians' claims of being linked with the divine. In distinction to established mission churches, pentecostalism takes such rumours about the threat of sorcery as seriously as the aim to turn Ghana into a Christian country. Presenting themselves as the sole members of society able to contain sorcery, pentecostalists claim to have the power to reveal the occult sources of those in power and subsequently to purify politics and politicians from occult traces and draw them closer to God. Bibliogr., notes, ref., sum. in English and French.
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