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Title:Bwiti: an ethnography of the religious imagination in Africa
Author:Fernandez, James W.ISNI
City of publisher:Princeton, NJ
Publisher:Princeton University Press
Geographic term:Gabon
Subjects:African Independent Churches
African religions
External link:http://hdl.handle.net/2027/heb.09253
Abstract:Crucial to the understanding of the religious imagination, the author argues, is a knowledge of the historical, social and cultural matrices from which it arises. Accordingly, in part 1, he presents a detailed ethnographic account of Fang culture after colonial encounter. Part 2 analyses in greater detail the religious plications of European administration and missionary efforts. In part 3 the author shows how the malaise and increasing isolation of parts of Fang culture achieve some assuagement in the Bwiti religion, which recenters Fang experience and seeks a reconciliation of the past and present.