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Title:Encountering Pygmy peoples as a challenge to mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo
Author:W'Isuka, Paul Kamuha MusoloISNI
Year:2011
Periodical:Exchange: Bulletin of Third World Christian Literature (ISSN 0166-2740)
Volume:40
Issue:1
Pages:71-88
Language:English
Geographic term:Congo (Democratic Republic of)
Subjects:Pygmies
missions
religious conversion
attitudes
Link:https://doi.org/10.1163/157254311X550740
Abstract:Encountering Pygmy peoples, the forest dwellers, has been identified as a challenge to mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. In this country, mission encounters target cities and villages rather than forest areas where indigenous Pygmies live. Such a selective and exclusive way of mission is probably the result of the non-Pygmies' attitude of superiority, prejudice and stigmatization towards indigenous Pygmy communities. To remedy the challenge identified in order to implement the mission in a holistic and comprehensive perspective, this article suggests the missionary encounter as a way forward to address Pygmy peoples and, by extension, all other groups living alike. Therefore, missionary encounter should be implemented through a humble conversion of non-Pygmy peoples. Conversion is thus a necessary starting point for missionary encounter as it involves a two-fold liberation that consists of breaking both the prejudices of non-Pygmies towards Pygmy peoples, and the suspicions of Pygmy peoples towards non-Pygmies. Notes, ref., sum. [Journal abstract]
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