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Studia Historiae Ecclesiasticae

On-line version ISSN 2412-4265
Print version ISSN 1017-0499


LANDMAN, Christina. Faces of religious healing in Nkhoma, Malawi: An exercise in oral history. Studia Hist. Ecc. [online]. 2018, vol.44, n.3, pp.1-17. ISSN 2412-4265.

On 10 November 2016, the Nkhuni Centre for Oral History was established as part of the Nkhoma Museum at the University of Nkhoma in Malawi. Consequently, the author conducted an oral history project in and around the town of Nkhoma to strengthen the capacity of the centre to engage in future projects. The aim of the research was to record-albeit in restricted numbers-the answers which people living in the villages around Nkhoma, as well as patients in Nkhoma Hospital, gave to the interview questions: "What/who makes you ill?" and "What/who makes you healthy?" Furthermore, the research was to establish the religious ways of healing acknowledged by the interviewees. Finally, the research sought to inform itself on the history-short as it may be-of how and why interviewees have chosen to change from one church to the other, or remain in a specific church, in order to find their preferred way of religious healing. The aim of the article is to present the research results with a focus on the methodological steps taken in doing oral history research.

Keywords : Nkhoma Synod; Malawi; Church of Central Africa; Presbyterian (CCAP); Christian healers; herbalist [singkanga]; religious healing; concepts of illness and healing.

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