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Verein "Freunde der Völkerkunde" (Hg.)

Archiv 59-60

Reihe: Archiv Weltmuseum Wien, Band 59, 2012, broschiert, 232 Seiten

ISBN: 978-3-643-99877-4

Aladura is a sociological study of two independent churches among the Yoruba of Western Nigeria. It discusses their origins in a period of rapid social change between the wars, as well as their current beliefs, practices, membership, and organization. It is based on close relations with congregations and leaders all over Western Nigeria, particularly in Ibadan. The local membership of Aladura and non-Aladura churches in Ibadan is analysed in detail. Government and church archives have been used in addition to the large religious and historical literature produced by the churches.
In appraising earlier work on African religious movements the author concludes that explanations in terms of political subjection and/or socio-economic deprivation are inadequate. Sociological analysis of religion, he argues, must begin with a careful consideration of doctrines and beliefs in the subjective terms of the believer, and move from there to analyse the social situation as perceived, to which they are a response. The central Aladura tenet, Divine Healing, is interpreted in this manner. The study concludes with a comparison with other Christian beliefs which are the expression of peoples affected by modern change.


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