Seekers and Things: Spiritual Movements and Aesthetic Difference in Kinshasa

Focusing on the intricate presence of a Japanese new religion (Sekai Kyûseikyô) in the densely populated and primarily Christian environment of Kinshasa (DR Congo), this ethnographic study offers a practitioner-orientated perspective to create a localised picture of religious globalization. Guided b...

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Main Author: Lambertz, Peter
Format: Electronic Book
Language:English
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Published: New York, NY Berghahn Books, Incorporated 2017
Online Access: Volltext (Aggregator)
Parallel Edition:Non-electronic
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Summary:Focusing on the intricate presence of a Japanese new religion (Sekai Kyûseikyô) in the densely populated and primarily Christian environment of Kinshasa (DR Congo), this ethnographic study offers a practitioner-orientated perspective to create a localised picture of religious globalization. Guided by an aesthetic approach to religion, the study moves beyond a focus limited to text and offers insights into the role of religious objects, spiritual technologies and aesthetic repertoires in the production and politics of difference. The boundaries between non-Christian religious minorities and the largely Christian public sphere involve fears and suspicion of ‘magic’ and ‘occult sciences’.
ISBN:1785336703