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 (Author)
Format: Electronic Book
Language:Undetermined language
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Published: New York, NY 2017
Edition:1st edition
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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’
List of Illustrations -- Acknowledgements -- Introduction -- Chapter 1. ‘Light in the Darkness’: Towards a Congolese Spiritual Movement ‘from Japan’ -- Chapter 2. Occult Sciences: (il)legitimate Secrecy and the Infrapolitics of Suspicion -- Chapter 3. Blossoming Boundaries: (Re-)production and Contestation of Japanese Flower Practices -- Chapter 4. Cleansing the City: Touch, Rubbish and Citizenship -- Chapter 5. Experiencing Faith: Crisis, Miracles and Spiritual Healing -- Chapter 6. (In) Touch without Contact: Johrei and the Aura of the Self -- Chapter 7. Vibrating Words: Performative Silence and the Power of Words -- Chapter 8. Imported Tradition: ‘Ancestor Worship’ as Reverse Orientalism -- Conclusion -- Bibliography -- Index --
Item Description:Zielgruppe - Audience: Professional and scholarly
ISBN:1785336703