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Title:Confession cum deliverance: in/dividuality of the subject among Kinshasa's born-again Christians
Author:Pype, KatrienISNI
Periodical:Journal of Religion in Africa (ISSN 0022-4200)
Geographic term:Congo (Democratic Republic of)
religious rituals
social relations
External link:https://doi.org/10.1163/157006611X586202
Abstract:Together with conversion narratives and former witches' testimonies, confessions represent the main discursive rituals in the religious practices of Kinshasa's (Democratic Republic of Congo, DRC) born-again Christians. This paper departs from the observation that among Kinshasa's born-again Christians confessions are usually preceded or followed by deliverance rituals, and, that they are rarely acted out in an intimate and private encounter with the pastor. Rather, these narratives are usually expressed in public. The main question addressed in the paper is: what does the confession tell about the ways in which born-again Christians perceive the Christian subject, her self, and her relations to the other-worldly and the larger society? The paper argues that the public confessions of born-again Christians exhibit how Congolese Pentecostalism promotes a particular configuration of dividuality and individuality that is constantly in flux and volatile, depending not only on the subject's own actions and beliefs but also on the influence of the wider social environment, and that confessions enable the person to change the dividual and individual components of the self so that a Christian subject emerges. Bibliogr., notes, ref., sum. [ASC Leiden abstract]