Traditional Ritual as Christian Worship: Dangerous Syncretism or Necessary Hybridity?

Traditional Ritual as Christian Worship: Dangerous Syncretism or Necessary Hybridity?


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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781626982628
Publisher: Orbis Books
Publication date: 03/27/2018
Series: American Society of Missiology Series
Pages: 288
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.25(h) x (d)

About the Author

R. Daniel Shaw has been professor of anthropology and translation at the Fuller Graduate School of World Mission/Intercultural Studies since 1982. Previously he was a bible translator with Wycliffe Bible Translators in Papua New Guinea, doing cultural research and translating for the Samo people of the Western Province (1969-1981).

William R. Burrows was managing editor of Orbis Books for twenty years and is now research professor of missiology in the World Christianity program at New York Theological Seminary. He is a past president of the American Society of Missiology and in 2016 received that society's Lifetime Achievement Award.

Table of Contents

Preface to the American Society of Missiology Series ix

Acknowledgments xi

Contributors xiii

Prologue xix


1 The Dynamics of Ritual and Ceremony: Transforming Traditional Rites to Their Intended Purpose R. Daniel Shaw 1

2 Theological Ideals, Cross-Cultural Realities: Syncretism and Hybridity in Christian Culture Crossings William R. Burrows 20

Part 1 Traditional Rituals: With Focus on Ritual

3 A Folk-Costa Rican Festival of Reconciliation: El Baile de la Yegüita Osias Segura-Guzman 39

4 The Simbu Pig-Kill Festival and the Eucharist: A Paradigm for Building Christian Community in the Highlands of Papua New Guinea Gabriel Kuman 54

5 Jamaican Maroons Seeking to Confront the Kromante Spirit: Manni, A 'Elp Wi Need Emmanuel Obaro Obasare 70

With Focus on Context

6 The Korean Ancestral Rite: Cultural Significance and Implications for Christian Faith Paul Mantae Kim 85

7 Sacred Feet-Waewae Tapu: Pathway to Cultural Reconciliation in New Zealand Bradford Haami 100

8 Pagan Rituals and Orthodox Beliefs: Hybridity, Prayer, and Worship in the Armenian Orthodox Church Petros G. Malakyan 119

Appendix: A Modern Friendship in Ancient Armenian Orthodoxy: East by Midwest Dan Hopkins 132

Part 2 Christian Worship: With Focus on Worship

9 Indigenous Igbo Worship in Nigerian Churches: Reconfiguration of Worship and Spiritual Encounters Chinaka S. DomNwachukwu 141

10 A Creative Death Ritual: Receptor-Oriented Sense-Making in Japan Yoshiyuki Billy Nishioka 158

11 Household Spirituality in a Messianic Jewish Context: Shabbat as a Ritual of Renewal Stuart Dauermann 173

With Focus on Context

12 The Smudge Ceremony: Inspiring Faith in Indigenous North Americans Cheryl Bear 190

13 Ancestors as a Bridge for Understanding Jesus: A Case Study of Sentanian Biblical Theologizing Joshua Kurung Daimoi 205

14 A House for God to Live In: Indian Manifestations That Reflect Old Testament Expressions John Sanjeevakumar Gupta 221

Epilogue 237

References 247

Index 263

Previously Published in The American Society of Missiology Series 277

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