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Therapeutic strategies in Mangen

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Since misfortunes are generally interpreted in terms of the assault of evil powers on human beings, therapy consists in setting patient free (libération) by compelling, in the name of Jesus and his allies, the intruding forces to relinquish their power over the person of the patient. This chapter shows Hebga and his aides in action in Mangen as healers. It argues that their therapeutic strategies are firmly rooted in mainstream Pentecostal dualist cosmology and dramatizes the victory of Christianity over traditional religions. The chapter focuses on what happens in Mangen during Charismatic weekends has sought to highlight the asymmetric intersection between the horizons of healers and those of the patients who travel from various parts of Cameroon to Mangen in search of a solution to their problems. It concludes with the consideration of a few areas of contrast between Catholic Charismatic healing in Ephphata and similar practices in North America.

Keywords: Catholic Charismatic healing; Ephphata; healers; libération; Mangen; Meinrad Hebga; patient; Pentecostal; therapeutic strategies



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