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Title:Word and spirit in contemporary African religious practice and thought: some issues raised by translation into Swahili
Author:Tanner, R.E.S.ISNI
Periodical:Journal of Religion in Africa
Geographic term:Kenya
Bantu languages
African Independent Churches
African religions
spirit possession
External link:https://www.jstor.org/stable/1581393
Abstract:During research into contemporary African religious practice in East Africa it became apparent that what may be broadly called spirit possession was common in many different forms of traditional religious practice, out that conversion to Islam and Christianity, particularly in the independent churches, brought about markedly different forms of religious activity. Spirit possession is present in Islam but not as a valued and common form of religious expression, while it continues to be very common in modern adaptations of traditional religious practices and in the shape of pentecostalism in the local forms of Christianity. A possible clue to these differences came at an interview of the Reverend P.D.Z. Kivuli, the founder and High Priest of the African Israel Church Nineveh at his headquarters in western Kenay. The circumstances during the interview suggested the hypothesis that Christian pentecostalism in the independent churches may have been due to careful reading of vernacular translations of the New Testament published cheaply in both national and tribal languages. Notes.