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Healing the wounds of modernity: Salvation, community and care in a neo-pentecostal church in Dar Es Salaam, Tanzania

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This chapter shows that Anonymouss story and experiences do not present an isolated case in the histories of Neo-Pentecostalism and HIV/ AIDS in Tanzania. Rather, they are part of the wider texture of social and religious practices and ideas through which Neo-Pentecostalism gives meaning and orientation to the views and actions of its followers in the time of AIDS. By drawing on the author's fieldwork in the FGBFC in Dar es Salaam, the chapter describes how this church has established a nodal point of spiritual, social and moral guidance through which its saved members, who are often working and trading migrants from the rural areas, are integrated into a community of believers that is inextricably linked to processes of rural-urban migration, the increasing disintegration of kinship bonds and the HIV/AIDS epidemic in Tanzania.

Keywords: AIDS; Dar Es Salaam; Neo-Pentecostal Church; Tanzania



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