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Title:Remembering and suffering: memory and shifting allegiances in the Angolan Tokoist Church
Author:Blanes, Ruy LleraISNI
Year:2009
Periodical:Exchange: Journal of Contemporary Christianities in Context
Volume:38
Issue:2
Pages:161-181
Language:English
Geographic term:Angola
Subjects:African Independent Churches
Kongo
External link:https://doi.org/10.1163/157254309X425391
Abstract:The author offers a historical and ethnographic account of the Angolan 'Tokoist church'. He starts by underlining the reasons behind its 'forgotten history' in terms of academic debates on African Christianity, and then discusses its place within the 'Congo prophet paradigm'. This historical approach opens ground for the discussion of the different doctrinal and ideological tensions (the place of Bakongo ethnicity and Angolan nationality) that motivated its particular institutional growth - tensions and conflicts that still play a role in the recent developments of the church in Angola. Finally, the author argues that the recent transformation of the church into a transnational venture turned out to be a strategy for overcoming these tensions. Notes, ref., sum. [Journal abstract]
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