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Title:(In-)dividual Pentecostals in Ghana
Author:Daswani, Girish
Periodical:Journal of Religion in Africa (ISSN 0022-4200)
Geographic term:Ghana
social relations
External link:https://doi.org/10.1163/157006611X586211
Abstract:The author addresses the contingencies faced by Ghanaian born-again Pentecostals in balancing individual aspirations for personal change against one's moral obligations to others, human and nonhuman - processes of self-fashioning that can only be partially acknowledged in born-again language and ritual. In the process of resolving personal problems, born-again Pentecostals have to evaluate their identities as Pentecostal individuals free from the traditional past, and as individuals who are still connected to the spirits of their past. The author focuses on two Pentecostal Christian women in Accra, Ghana's capital city. These women sought healing and spiritual help in times of personal suffering - one from a traditional priest in her hometown, the other from a Church of Pentecost (CoP) prophetess who ran a successful prayer camp and who enjoyed a stable client base. Bibliogr., notes, ref., sum. [ASC Leiden abstract]