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Holy Hustlers, Schism, and Prophecy: Apostolic Reformation in Botswana / Edition 1

Holy Hustlers, Schism, and Prophecy: Apostolic Reformation in Botswana / Edition 1

by Richard Werbner


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This book examines the charismatic Christian reformation presently underway in Botswana’s time of AIDS and the moral crisis that divides the church between the elders and the young, apostolic faith healers. Richard Werbner focuses on Eloyi, an Apostolic faith-healing church in Botswana’s capital. Werbner shows how charismatic “prophets”—holy hustlers—diagnose, hustle, and shock patients during violent and destructive exorcisms. He also shows how these healers enter into prayer and meditation and take on their patients’ pain and how their ecstatic devotions create an aesthetic in which beauty beckons God. Werbner challenges theoretical assumptions about mimesis and empathy, the power of the word, and personhood. With its accompanying DVD, Holy Hustlers, Schism, and Prophecy integrates textual and filmed ethnography and provides a fresh perspective on ritual performance and the cinematic.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780520268548
Publisher: University of California Press
Publication date: 04/18/2011
Series: The Anthropology of Christianity , #11
Edition description: First Edition
Pages: 268
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

Richard Werbner is Professor Emeritus in African Anthropology at the University of Manchester. He is the author of many books, including Reasonable Radicals and Citizenship in Botswana.

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations ix

Acknowledgments xi

Introduction 1

Part I To and From Crisis and Beyond

1 Holy Hustling 21

2 Between the Prophetic and the Pastoral 43

3 The Lives of Prophets and Bishops 63

4 Escalating Crisis: Faith and Trust "under Destruction" 82

5 Schism, Innovation, and Continuity 102

Part II Wondrous Narration and Somatic Revelation in Prophecy

6 Personal Nearness and Sincerity in Prayer 121

7 Diagnosis, Reconnaissance, and Fabrication 132

8 Prescribing Christian Cosmetics: Moving Bodies and Intercorporeality 165

9 Old and New in Christian Reformation 179

Conclusion: From Film to Book-Dianoia and Noesis 208

Notes 221

References 233

Index 247

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