A Politics of Presence: Contacts Between Missionaries and Waluguru in Late Colonial Tanganyika

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Taylor & Francis, 1999 - Religion - 354 pages
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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.

 

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Contents

TWO The Mission as Movement
45
Holy Ghost in the Netherlands
48
A Holy Ghost Fathers exhibition stand in the 1930s
59
The 1957 AMATE mission exhibition
61
Caption in Holy Ghost Messenger identifying sorcerer
62
Cover Africa Christo 483 1952
63
Student scribbles vignette
64
Uluguru and Environs
83
Matombo baptisms 195766
151
Kasanga parish 193765
153
Matombo schools 194048
154
Traditional Luguru house and floorplans
173
A mwali dancing at her comingout in 1989
179
Matombo schools 192448
229
Tegetero mission school
230
Drill at the Teacher Training School 1932
233

Cover Africa Christo 56 1960
88
Father Flapper and his mpishiboy on safari
104
Matombo parish 192140
140
Matombo baptisms 192748
144
Matombo parish 192748
146
Matombo District 194053
147
A kago charm guarding a cassava field
238
Mzee Mtimkavu a Luguru mganga
253
Appendices
301
References
321
Index
345
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Peter Pels is Professor in the Anthropology of Sub-S aharan Africa, University Leiden, The Netherlands.

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