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African Traditional Religion and Violence  

Nathalie Wlodarczyk

Print publication date:
Jan 2013
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Mar 2013
This chapter analyzes a wide range of African customs and legends. It demonstrates that African traditional religion offers notions of a thriving spirit world which provides “sacred ... More

Genocide and the Religious Imaginary in Rwanda  

Christopher C. Taylor

Print publication date:
Jan 2013
Online publication date:
Mar 2013
This chapter, which concentrates on the violent imaginaries that informed the reports and deeds of the 1994 Rwandan genocide, reviews the perseverance of pre-colonial notions of a sacred ... More

Ihahamuka: An Indigenous Medical Condition among Rwandan Genocide Survivors  

Christopher C. Taylor

One of the core metaphors in Rwandan traditional medicine concerns the flow of bodily fluids. This metaphor is a recursive one, extending into other domains of Rwandan symbolic thought, ... More

Millennial and Apocalyptic Movements in Africa  

Rosalind I. J. Hackett

Print publication date:
Oct 2011
Online publication date:
Jan 2012
This article describes African millennialism, which is a blend of traces of Christianity, Islam, and indigenous religions. Prolonged suppression and suffering under colonial exploitation ... More

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