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Title:Mary and the demons: Marian devotion and ritual healing in Tanzania
Author:Wilkens, Katharina
Periodical:Journal of Religion in Africa
Geographic term:Tanzania
Subjects:Catholic Church
faith healing
External link:https://doi.org/10.1163/157006609X453310
Abstract:The efficacy of religious healing in the Catholic Marian Faith Healing Ministry (MFHM) in Tanzania should be understood as a social process dependent on the plausibility and attractiveness that the rituals have for the individual patients, as well as for their community. By contrasting an analysis of the publications of the leader of the group, Father Nkwera, with guided interviews among the members, the author developed a differentiated picture of the broad range of healing concepts within the group. While Nkwera translates local spirit beliefs into an apocalyptic world view that associates physical healing with political critique, especially in the case of HIV/AIDS, his followers situate the healing process within a framework of personal salvation. The author contextualizes the MFHM within its pluralistic traditional, Muslim, Catholic, Pentecostal and biomedical environment that impacts it on local and global levels. Bibliogr., notes, ref., sum. [Journal abstract]