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Studia Historiae Ecclesiasticae

On-line version ISSN 2412-4265
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DRAPER, Jonathan A.. A broken land and a healing community: Zulu Zionism and healing in the case of George Khambule (1884 - 1949). Studia Hist. Ecc. [online]. 2010, vol.36, n.1, pp.1-16. ISSN 2412-4265.

The destruction of the Zulu Kingdom in the Nineteenth Century, the Bambatha Rebellion, the First World War and Spanish Influenza in the Twentieth Century destabilised Zulu culture, created widespread death and suffering, and also led to a longing for healing among the Zulu people. George Khambule's experience in Nquthu and the Western Front, together with his near death experience from Influenza resulted in his call to become a prophet and his foundation of iBandla Labancwele in 1918. His healing practice is analyzed and compared with the contemporary healing practice of Charles Johnson at St. Augustine's Mission, Nquthu, as competitive cultural and social phenomena.

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