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Title:Negotiating religious traditions - Babu wa Loliondo's theology of healing
Author:Vähäkangas, MikaISNI
Year:2016
Periodical:Exchange: Journal of Contemporary Christianities in Context (ISSN 0166-2740)
Volume:45
Issue:3
Pages:269-297
Language:English
Geographic terms:East Africa
Tanzania
Subjects:healers
prophets
folk medicine
Pentecostalism
Lutheran Church
bishops
About person:Babu wa Loliondo
Link:https://doi.org/10.1163/1572543X-12341404
Abstract:Retired Lutheran pastor Ambilikile Mwasapila (nicknamed Babu wa Loliondo) became the most celebrated healer in Eastern Africa for half a year in 2011. His healing consists of an herbal potion, brewed according to the recipe he got from God in dreams. According to Rev. Mwasapila, the potency of the medicine stems from the presence of the Word of God in it. It is efficient only when administered by him. He perceives himself as a prophet called by God to alleviate sufferings of humankind in a world pestered by illnesses sent by Satan. His theology of healing has clear Lutheran sacramental theological elements combined with views from African traditional medicine and Christian charismatic faith healing. His cosmology is deeply rooted in African views of the spirit world interpreted through Pentecostal-charismatic demonology. The ideas underlying his ministry can be seen as an oral charismatic Lutheran contextual theology lived out in practice. Notes, ref., sum. [Journal abstract]
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