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Politics of Presence: Contacts Between Missionaries & Waluguru in Late Colonial Tanganyikaby Peter Pels
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Christian missions in Africa are commonly viewed as a blatant example of ethnocentrism. This stereotype partly exists because the day-to-day interaction between missionaries and Africans has so rarely been studied. This book shows how Africans and missionaries co-produced a Catholic Church in the Uluguru mountains of Eastern Tanzania in the late colonial period, thereby adapting each others' routines in the fields of initiation, education, magic, and religion. It explores how the presence of the mission resulted in a rift between spiritual and worldly magic, and in the underdevelopment of the capacity of Waluguru to manage their own practices of revelation.
Book News Annotation:
In this expanded and much revised version of his PhD thesis, Pels (U. of Amsterdam) studies the day-to-day interaction between Africans and missionaries, showing how that interaction co-produced a Catholic church in the Uluguru mountains of Eastern Tanzania from 1930 to 1960. He looks at initiation, education, magic, and religion, and concludes that the presence of the mission resulted in a rift between spiritual and worldly magic, and reduced the capacity of the Waluguru to manage their own practices of revelation.
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