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Title:'The Nyamang Are Hard to Touch': Mission Evangelism and Tradition in the Nuba Mountains, Sudan, 1933-1952
Author:Willis, JustinISNI
Year:2003
Periodical:Journal of Religion in Africa
Volume:33
Issue:1
Pages:32-62
Language:English
Geographic term:Sudan
Subjects:missions
missionary history
Nuba
Religion and Witchcraft
Peoples of Africa (Ethnic Groups)
External link:https://www.jstor.org/stable/1581634
Abstract:In 1935 the Church Missionary Society (CMS) established a station at Salara, in the western part of the Nuba Mountains of Sudan. The station received considerable financial support from the colonial administration, as well as from donors in the United Kingdom, but it was strikingly unsuccessful in its attempts to create a local Christian community, and in the early 1950s the station was abandoned. This paper explores the circumstances of this failure, and suggests that missionary work in Salara was undermined by the missionaries' ambivalent attitudes to tradition and modernity. These attitudes derived partly from engagement with colonial officials who were chronically uncertain as to the proper policy to pursue in the Nuba Mountains, and partly from a wider uncertainty in mission attitudes that had come to emphasize the need for a distinctly African form of Christianity but yet remained profoundly suspicious of the reliability of African Christians. Bibliogr., notes, ref., sum. [Journal abstract]
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