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Verbum et Ecclesia

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Verbum Eccles. (Online) vol.29 n.3 Pretoria  2008

 

MISSIOLOGY AND THE CHURCH IN AFRICA

 

Rain rituals and hybridity in Southern Africa

 

 

R Müller

University of Pretoria

 

 


ABSTRACT

This article discusses the persistence and transformation of rain rituals in contemporary African Christianity. It argues that the concept 'hybridity' might be a useful addition to the vocabulary of scholars studying contemporary global Christianity. The use of hybridity could replace ideologically loaded terms, such as syncretism, while still describing the interaction between different religious traditions on the phenomenological level. In Africa, as elsewhere, there are ongoing internal dialogues between the often divergent traditions represented in the worldviews of contemporary Christians. Under the concept hybridity, this internal inter-religious dialogue might be well described using non-pejorative, empirical language.


 

 

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1 Research Associate, Department of Practical Theology, University of Pretoria

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