The Kongolese Saint Anthony

The Kongolese Saint Anthony

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  • Author: John Thornton
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • ISBN: 9780521596497
  • Category : History
  • Languages : en
  • Pages : 228

In 1704, Dona Beatriz Kimpa Vita claimed to be possessed by St Anthony and attempted to stop the devastating civil wars in Kongo.


The Kongolese Saint Anthony

The Kongolese Saint Anthony

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  • Author: John Kelly Thornton
  • Publisher:
  • ISBN: 9781139939294
  • Category : Christian biography
  • Languages : en
  • Pages : 228

Publisher description: This book tells the story of the Christian religious movement led by Dona Beatriz Kimpa Vita in the Kingdom of Kongo from 1704 until her death, by burning at the stake, in 1706. Beatriz, a young woman, claimed to be possessed by St Anthony, argued that Jesus was a Kongolese, and criticized Italian Capuchin missionaries in her country for not supporting black saints. The movement was largely a peace movement, with a following among the common people, attempting to stop the devastating cycle of civil wars between contenders for the Kongolese throne. Thornton supplies background information on the Kingdom, the development of Catholicism in Kongo since 1491, the nature and role of local warfare in the Atlantic slave trade, and contemporary everyday life, as well as sketching the lives of some local personalities.


Recreating Africa

Recreating Africa

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  • Author: James H. Sweet
  • Publisher: Univ of North Carolina Press
  • ISBN: 9780807862346
  • Category : History
  • Languages : en
  • Pages : 320

Exploring the cultural lives of African slaves in the early colonial Portuguese world, with an emphasis on the more than one million Central Africans who survived the journey to Brazil, James Sweet lifts a curtain on their lives as Africans rather than as incipient Brazilians. Focusing first on the cultures of Central Africa from which the slaves came--Ndembu, Imbangala, Kongo, and others--Sweet identifies specific cultural rites and beliefs that survived their transplantation to the African-Portuguese diaspora, arguing that they did not give way to immediate creolization in the New World but remained distinctly African for some time. Slaves transferred many cultural practices from their homelands to Brazil, including kinship structures, divination rituals, judicial ordeals, ritual burials, dietary restrictions, and secret societies. Sweet demonstrates that the structures of many of these practices remained constant during this early period, although the meanings of the rituals were often transformed as slaves coped with their new environment and status. Religious rituals in particular became potent forms of protest against the institution of slavery and its hardships. In addition, Sweet examines how certain African beliefs and customs challenged and ultimately influenced Brazilian Catholicism. Sweet's analysis sheds new light on African culture in Brazil's slave society while also enriching our understanding of the complex process of creolization and cultural survival.


African American Religions, 1500–2000

African American Religions, 1500–2000

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  • Author: Sylvester A. Johnson
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • ISBN: 0521198534
  • Category : History
  • Languages : en
  • Pages : 437

A rich account of the long history of Black religion from the dawn of Western colonialism to the rise of the national security paradigm.


The Routledge Handbook of African Theology

The Routledge Handbook of African Theology

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  • Author: Elias Kifon Bongmba
  • Publisher: Routledge
  • ISBN: 1351607448
  • Category : Religion
  • Languages : en
  • Pages : 536

Theology has a rich tradition across the African continent, and has taken myriad directions since Christianity first arrived on its shores. This handbook charts both historical developments and contemporary issues in the formation and application of theologies across the member countries of the African Union. Written by a panel of expert international contributors, chapters firstly cover the various methodologies needed to carry out such a survey. Various theological movements and themes are then discussed, as well as biblical and doctrinal issues pertinent to African theology. Subjects addressed include: • Orality and theology • Indigenous religions and theology • Patristics • Pentecostalism • Liberation theology • Black theology • Social justice • Sexuality and theology • Environmental theology • Christology • Eschatology • The Hebrew Bible and the New Testament The Routledge Handbook of African Theology is an authoritative and comprehensive survey of the theological landscape of Africa. As such, it will be a hugely useful volume to any scholar interested in African religious dynamics, as well as academics of Theology or Biblical Studies in an African context.


Kimbanguism

Kimbanguism

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  • Author: Aurélien Mokoko Gampiot
  • Publisher: Penn State Press
  • ISBN: 0271079681
  • Category : History
  • Languages : en
  • Pages : 304

In this volume, Aurélien Mokoko Gampiot, a sociologist and son of a Kimbanguist pastor, provides a fresh and insightful perspective on African Kimbanguism and its traditions. The largest of the African-initiated churches, Kimbanguism claims seventeen million followers worldwide. Like other such churches, it originated out of black African resistance to colonization in the early twentieth century and advocates reconstructing blackness by appropriating the parameters of Christian identity. Mokoko Gampiot provides a contextual history of the religion’s origins and development, compares Kimbanguism with other African-initiated churches and with earlier movements of political and spiritual liberation, and explores the implicit and explicit racial dynamics of Christian identity that inform church leaders and lay practitioners. He explains how Kimbanguists understand their own blackness as both a curse and a mission and how that underlying belief continuously spurs them to reinterpret the Bible through their own prisms. Drawing from an unprecedented investigation into Kimbanguism’s massive body of oral traditions—recorded sermons, participant observations of church services and healing sessions, and translations of hymns—and informed throughout by Mokoko Gampiot’s intimate knowledge of the customs and language of Kimbanguism, this is an unparalleled theological and sociological analysis of a unique African Christian movement.


Central Africans and Cultural Transformations in the American Diaspora

Central Africans and Cultural Transformations in the American Diaspora

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  • Author: Linda M. Heywood
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • ISBN: 9780521002783
  • Category : History
  • Languages : en
  • Pages : 384

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Atonement and Comparative Theology

Atonement and Comparative Theology

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  • Author: Catherine Cornille
  • Publisher: Fordham University Press
  • ISBN: 0823294374
  • Category : Religion
  • Languages : en
  • Pages : 320

The central Christian belief in salvation through the suffering, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ remains one of the most intractable mysteries of Christian faith. Throughout history, it has given rise to various theories of atonement, many of which have been subject to critique as they no longer speak to contemporary notions of evil and sin or to current conceptions of justice. One of the important challenges for contemporary Christian theology thus involves exploring new ways of understanding the salvific meaning of the cross. In Atonement and Comparative Theology, Christian theologians with expertise in Judaism, Islam, Hinduism, Buddhism, Daoism, and African Religions reflect on how engagement with these traditions sheds new light on the Christian understanding of atonement by pointing to analogous structures of sin and salvation, drawing attention to the scandal of the cross as seen by the religious other, and re-interpreting aspects of the Christian understanding of atonement. Together, they illustrate the possibilities for comparative theology to deepen and enrich Christian theological reflection.


Encyclopedia of African American History

Encyclopedia of African American History

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  • Author: Walter C. Rucker
  • Publisher: ABC-CLIO
  • ISBN: 1851097694
  • Category : Reference
  • Languages : en
  • Pages : 1136

Explores how all aspects of American culture, history, and national identity have been profoundly influenced by the experience of African Americans and documents African American history to the present day.


Encyclopedia of African American History [3 volumes]

Encyclopedia of African American History [3 volumes]

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  • Author: Leslie M Alexander
  • Publisher: ABC-CLIO
  • ISBN: 1851097740
  • Category : Social Science
  • Languages : en
  • Pages : 1136

A fresh compilation of essays and entries based on the latest research, this work documents African American culture and political activism from the slavery era through the 20th century. • Contributions from over 100 specialists on African America and the African diaspora • A spectacular selection of illustrations and photographs, such as a Kongo cosmogram, the African burial ground in New York City, and maps of the Triangular Trade and the Underground Railroad