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Title:Shift in culture: worship and healing practices in Herero societies
Author:Ohly, RajmundISNI
Periodical:Africana Bulletin
Geographic term:Namibia
African Independent Churches
Abstract:This article documents changes in religious culture, the role of healers, witchdoctors, soothsayers and prophets among the Herero of Nambia. The traditional religious culture of the Herero, based on ancestor worship, has been overshadowed by Christianity. Most Herero joined the Lutheran Church. In 1955 they left and formed the Protestant Unity Church or Oruuano. Another important development is the infiltration of Apostle Churches and prophets into the socioreligious life of Herero communities. The traditional healing practices of witchdoctors, soothsayers and healers and the healing practices of the prophets of the Apostle Churches are described in order to expose the elements of cultural shift. Bibliogr. [ASC Leiden abstract]