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Pentecostalism and Witchcraft

Publication year: 2017

ISBN: 978-3-319-56068-7

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This open access book presents fresh ethnographic work from the regions of Africa and Melanesia—where the popularity of charismatic Christianity can be linked to a revival and transformation of witchcraft. The volume demonstrates how the Holy Spirit has become an adversary to the reconfirmed presence of witches, demons, and sorcerers as manifestations of evil. We learn how this is articulated in spiritual warfare, in crusades, and in healing or witch-killing raids. The contributors highlight what happens to phenomena that people address as locally specific witchcraft or sorcery when re-molded within the universalist Pentecostal demonology, vocabulary, and confrontational methodology.

Subject: Social Sciences, Charismatic Christianity, Holy Spirit, Pentecostal witchcraft, Pentecostal movements, pentecostalisation, demonology, Pentecostal demonology, ethnography, Papua New Guinea, Vanuatu, Congo, Mozambique, Tanzania, Christian evangelism, sorcery, Social Anthropology, Ethnography, Evangelicalism and Pentecostalism, Religion and Society, African Culture