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Title:Prophetic diasporas moving religion across the lusophone Atlantic
Authors:Sarró, RamonISNI
Blanes, Ruy LleraISNI
Periodical:African Diaspora: a Journal of Transnational Africa in a Global World
Geographic terms:Portuguese-speaking Africa
Congo (Democratic Republic of)
Kimbanguist Church
External link:https://hdl.handle.net/10.1163/187254609x430786
Abstract:The increasing presence of Neopentecostal movements in Africa, together with the increasing literature about them, might give the impression that prophetic movements have been totally outrun by these newer forms of Christianity. It could be argued that the churches that emerged out of the prophets, e.g. the 'Église de Jésus-Christ sur la terre par son envoyé spécial Simon Kimbangu', created after Simon Kimbangu (Kimbanguism), or the 'Igreja do Nosso Senhor Jesus Cristo no Mundo', created by Simăo Toko (Tokoism), are 'routinized' forms, not truly prophetic movements. But a clear-cut distinction between 'charisma' and 'routine' or 'movement' and 'church' would in this case be more obscuring than illuminating. This article discusses the need for scholars to study the flux of Christianities across the lusophone Atlantic, offering an overview of the basic literature and some clues for further comparative analyses. Secondly, it offers some ethnographic data on the diasporic expansion of Angolan and Congolese prophetic-based movements, Kimbanguism and Tokoism, with whose members the authors have worked both in Luanda and in Lisbon since 2007. They argue that Portugal presents in many ways a paradigm of 'religious southernization'. Bibliogr., notes, ref., sum. in English and French. [ASC Leiden abstract]