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Title:Practices and narratives of breakthrough: Pentecostal representations, the quest for success, and liberation from bondage
Author:Tazanu, Primus M.ISNI
Year:2016
Periodical:Journal of Religion in Africa (ISSN 0022-4200)
Volume:46
Issue:1
Pages:32-66
Language:English
Geographic terms:Cameroon
Nigeria
Subjects:Pentecostalism
prophets
television
spirits
External link:https://doi.org/10.1163/15700666-12340063
Abstract:Instant healing, performance of miracles, public exorcism, supply of blessed objects for protection, and prophetic abilities are major religious practices that account for the popularity of certain Pentecostal leaders in contemporary Africa. Prophet T.B. Joshua, a renowned Nigerian televangelist, is one of them. Through his Emmanuel TV channel, he informs 'viewers all over the world' that invisible but influential evil forces are responsible for their daily challenges and that people can enjoy prosperity when they are purged of malevolent spirits. This article describes the practices and narratives of liberation from unknown bondage by Cameroonians who draw inspiration from T.B. Joshua's prophetic messages and displays. The aspects covered include the desire to embark on a pilgrimage to T.B. Joshua's church in Nigeria and actors' use of his blessed religious objects, such as stickers and anointed water, to neutralise, destroy, or fight off invisible evil forces suspected of halting their socioeconomic progress. Bibliogr., notes, ref., sum. [Journal abstract]
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