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Seekers and things : spiritual movements and aesthetic difference in Kinshasa

Author: Peter Lambertz
Publisher: New York : Berghahn Books, 2017.
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : EnglishView all editions and formats
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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  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
Additional Physical Format: Print version:
Lambertz, Peter.
Seekers and things.
New York : Berghahn Books, 2017
(DLC) 2017050508
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Peter Lambertz
ISBN: 9781785336706 1785336703
OCLC Number: 1010620193
Notes: Originally presented as the author's thesis (doctoral)--Leipzig and Utrecht, 2015, under the title: Divisive matters : aesthetic difference and authority in a Congolese spiritual movement "from Japan."
Description: 1 online resource
Contents: Introduction --
'Light in the darkness' : towards a Congolese spiritual movement 'from Japan' --
Occult sciences : il-/legitimate secrecy and the infrapolitics of suspicion --
Blossoming boundaries : re-/production and contestation of Japanese flower practices --
Cleansing the city : ritual attachment to urban space --
Experiencing faith : crisis, miracles and spiritual healing --
(In) touch without contact : Johrei and the aura of the self --
Vibrating words : performative silence and the power of words --
Imported tradition : 'ancestor worship' as reverse orientalism --
Conclusion.
Responsibility: Peter Lambertz.

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Focusing on the growing popularity of a new Japanese religion (Sekai Kyuseikyo) in the densely populated and primarily Christian environment of Kinshasa (DR Congo), this ethnographic study offers a  Read more...

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