Translating the Devil: Religion and Modernity among the Ewe in Ghana / Edition 1

Translating the Devil: Religion and Modernity among the Ewe in Ghana / Edition 1

by Birgit Meyer
     
 

ISBN-10: 086543798X

ISBN-13: 9780865437982

Pub. Date: 01/28/1999

Publisher: Africa World Press

"This book offers an ethnography of the emergence of a local Christianity and its relation to changing social, political and economic formations among the Peki Ewe in Ghana. Focusing on the Evangelical Presbyterian Church, which arose from encounters between the Ewe and German Piestist missionaries, the author examines recent conflicts leading to the secession of many…  See more details below

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"This book offers an ethnography of the emergence of a local Christianity and its relation to changing social, political and economic formations among the Peki Ewe in Ghana. Focusing on the Evangelical Presbyterian Church, which arose from encounters between the Ewe and German Piestist missionaries, the author examines recent conflicts leading to the secession of many pentecostally oriented members, which it places in a historical perspective."--BOOK JACKET.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780865437982
Publisher:
Africa World Press
Publication date:
01/28/1999
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
265
Product dimensions:
6.46(w) x 9.14(h) x 0.86(d)

Table of Contents

List of Maps and Tables
Preface
List of Abbreviations
Introduction
1Setting the scene: Peki past and present1
Pre-missionary times until 19181
1918 until 198914
Peki at the time of the research23
2The home base of the missionaries28
The Norddeutsche Missionsgesellschaft: board and missionaries28
Pietists and the world: the language of images31
Awakened Pietists' dualist conception of God and the Devil40
The Pietist religion51
3Vernacularisation54
Missionary linguistics57
Missionary ethnography60
Ewe religion: a tentative reconstruction62
Christian Ewe discourse72
Translation80
4Diabolisation83
The missionaries and the Devil83
Ewe concepts and practices regarding evil85
The Ewe and Abosam94
Conversion and the Devil108
5Three churches out of one112
The Lord's (Pentecostal) Church - Agbelengor112
Consequences in the EPC120
Membership of the EPC, Agbelengor and the EPC 'of Ghana'130
'Africanisation' versus 'Pentecostalisation'134
6Doctrines and rituals141
Differences in worship141
Evil spirits and the boundary between Christianity and 'heathendom'146
Pentecostalism and demonology171
7People and spirits175
Conceptualisations and experiences of spirits175
Spirits, family ties and the individual179
Human - spirit relations in the context of Pentecostalism204
Epilogue: Modernity, time and the Devil213
AppendixPopulation statistics217
Notes218
Glossary238
References241
Index261

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