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Adventism And Culture In Traditional And Modern Tanzanian Society

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The chapter focuses on the way Tanzanian Christians dealt with missionary patterns and their own cultural heritage, i.e., the Africans' initiatives and dynamics in accepting, modifying, and rejecting both according to their emerging identity. At the same time, this crucial focus on African initiatives needs to be used with caution as well. Naturally, the focus will be on practices that constituted reasons for controversy in order to show how conflicts were handled and resolved. Initially three classical conflicts between Christian churches and traditional African practices are discussed: circumcision as well as polygamy and bride wealth. After that, several issues will be highlighted that were typical for the friction between Seventh-day Adventism and general aspects of culture: adornment and dress, music and amusement, and diet. Finally, the chapter presents an overall evaluation of the relationship between Adventism and culture in Tanzania.

Keywords: African culture; Christian churches; missionary patterns; Seventh-day Adventism; traditional African practices



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