The letter and the spirit: Literacy and religious authority in the history of the Aladura movement in western Nigeria

The Yoruban word 'aladura', meaning 'one who prays', generally refers to a set of churches that formed a powerful religious movement among the Yoruba in western Nigeria during the first decades of this century. To date, there have been three main lines of interpretation which rec...

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Published in:Africa
Main Author: Probst, Peter
Format: Print Article
Language:English
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Published: 1989
In:Africa
Year: 1989, Volume: 59, Issue: 4, Pages: 478-495
Further subjects:B Church
B Association
B Secularization
B Religious education
B People
B Yoruba
B Religious community
B Religious leader
B Tree trunk Ethnology
B Nigeria Christliche Kirche Religious education Religiöse Vereinigung Literacy improvement Religiöses Oberhaupt Secularization Ethnie / People Yoruba (Volk)
B Nigeria
B Literacy improvement
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Summary:The Yoruban word 'aladura', meaning 'one who prays', generally refers to a set of churches that formed a powerful religious movement among the Yoruba in western Nigeria during the first decades of this century. To date, there have been three main lines of interpretation which received general recognition: first, in the form of theological analysis; second, in a discussion of social protest; and finally, through the sociology of religion. In this article the author proposes to introduce another aspect of interpretation: how people perceived and experienced the written word in the specific context of the Christian colonial order and examination of whether and how this experience has influenced people's actions and religious behaviour. (DÜI-Sen)
ISSN:0001-9720
Contains:In: Africa