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Title:Christian revivalism and political imagination in Madagascar
Authors:Nielssen, HildeISNI
Skeie, Karina HestadISNI
Year:2014
Periodical:Journal of Religion in Africa (ISSN 0022-4200)
Volume:44
Issue:2
Pages:189-223
Language:English
Geographic term:Madagascar
Subjects:Christianity
religious movements
politics
Link:https://doi.org/10.1163/15700666-12340004
Abstract:The point of departure for this article is the particular role of Christian movements in Madagascar's most recent political crisis. During the coup d'état in March 2009, ritual specialists from the Christian revival movement Fifohazana were called on to carry out an exorcism to cleanse the presidential palace of evil forces. This incident not only shows the significance of Christian revival movements within the Malagasy political landscape and society in general, but also indicates how Malagasy politics is imagined in spiritual terms. With its recurrent efforts to restore the nation-State, Malagasy national politics is impossible to understand without taking into account how thoroughly the Malagasy political imagination is infused with the cosmology and ontologies of power. This article explores the ambivalent relationships between the various Christian movements and national politics in the light of history as well as through the recent transmutations of power, showing how Fifohazana have provided a site for the (re)production of the contemporary political imagination. Bibliogr., notes, ref., sum. [Journal abstract]
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