Holy Hustlers, Schism, and Prophecy : Apostolic Reformation in Botswana (Paperback)

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This book examines the charismatic Christian reformation presently underway in Botswana''s time of AIDS and the moral crisis that divides the church between the elders and the young, apostolic faith healers. Richard Werbner focuses on Eloyi, an Apostolic faith-healing church in Botswana''s capital. Werbner shows how charismatic "prophets"--holy hustlers--diagnose, hustle, and shock patients during violent and destructive exorcisms. He also shows how these healers enter into prayer and meditation and take on their patients'' pain and how their ecstatic devotions create an aesthetic in which beauty beckons God. Werbner challenges theoretical assumptions about mimesis and empathy, the power of the word, and personhood. With its accompanying DVD, "Holy Hustlers, Schism, and Prophecy" integrates textual and filmed ethnography and provides a fresh perspective on ritual performance and the cinematic.

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Publisher Univ of California Pr
Mfg Part# 9780520268548
SKU 217466310
Format Paperback
ISBN10 0520268547
Release Date 4/18/2011
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Editors Note This book examines the charismatic Christian reformation presently underway in Botswana's time of AIDS and the moral crisis that divides the church between elders and young, apostolic faith healers. Richard Werbner focuses on Eloyi, an Apostolic faith-healing church in Botswana's capital. Werbner shows how charismatic "prophets"--holy hustlers--diagnose, hustle, and shock patients during violent and destructive exorcisms. He also shows how these healers enter into prayer and meditation and take on their patients' pain and how their ecstatic devotions create an aesthetic in which beauty beckons God. Werbner challenges theoretical assumptions about mimesis and empathy, the power of the word, and personhood. With its accompanying DVD, Holy Hustlers, Schism, and Prophecy integrates textual and filmed ethnography and provides a fresh perspective on ritual performance and the cinematic.
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Book Format Paperback
Number of Pages 0268
Publisher University of California Press
Series Part 11
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