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The rise of occult powers, aids and the roman catholic church in western Uganda

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This chapter introduces two arguments that have not been recognised sufficiently by other scholars. First, it would relate the dramatic activation and rise of occult forces in Africa to the increase in death rates through the AIDS epidemic. The AIDS epidemic is also an epidemic of poverty and so my argument cannot be separated from economic and political conditions. Surely, to understand the rise of occult forces in the last decades in Africa we have to deal with a complex interplay of processes and forces. In addition, although various scholars have shown in detail that in Africa modern Christianity has not put an end to witchcraft and the occult but instead provided a new context in which they make perfect sense, they missed the point that precisely the fight against the occult reproduces and strengthens the enemy.

Keywords: AIDS; Roman Catholic Church; Uganda

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