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Paradoxes of africanization

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The chapter formulates an anthropological critique of the discourse of inculturation in the light of various experiments including Hebgas idea of the Africanization of Christian healing in Africa. It argues that in practice inculturation fails to Africanize. In other words, although in theory inculturation advocates the rediscovery of African cultural values, in practice it paradoxically pursues the missionary policy of dismantling what is left of African traditional cultures and religions.

Keywords: Africanization; Africian cultural values; anthropological critique; Catholic Church; healing practice; inculturation; Meinrad Hebga



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