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Title:Of 'sour grapes' and 'children's teeth': inherited guilt, human rights and processes of restoration in Ghanaian Pentecostalism
Author:Asamoah-Gyadu, J. KwabenaISNI
Periodical:Exchange: Journal of Contemporary Christianities in Context
Geographic term:Ghana
Subjects:Baptist Church
African religions
religious rituals
External link:https://doi.org/10.1163/1572543042948295
Abstract:The rise of the Pentecostal/Charismatic movement in African countries like Ghana has inspired new ways of dealing with the challenges of life. A critical area of operation for the movement is the 'healing and deliverance' ministry. One of the aims is to help people deal with inherited guilt through rituals for healing the past. The world view of mystical causality that underlies a system of shrine slavery among the Ewe of Ghana called 'Trokosi' offers an example from traditional religion of how traditional institutions may stigmatize victims and generations after them. The girls and women involved, many of whom have lived in the shrines for most of their lives, are quarantined there in retribution for various sins committed by relations. Vestiges of such stigmatization still remain even in places where shrine slavery has been abolished by law. In keeping with the prophetic declaration by Ezekiel that the sins of the fathers shall no more be visited on their children, the Pentecostal/Charismatic ministry of 'healing and deliverance' provides a Christian ritual context in which the enslaving effects of generational curse resulting from the sins of one's ancestry may be broken. Ultimately, the phenomenon of 'healing and deliverance' is for Ghanaian Pentecostals a ministry in the restoration of human rights, dignities and renewed relationship with God. Notes, ref., sum. [Journal abstract, edited]