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The is the introduction chapter of the book, which provides an overall picture of Ephphata as a charismatic movement in postcolonial African Catholicism, but the main focus is on the agency of its founder who figures in this book at least in two capacities: first as founder and leader of a religious movement; secondly as a scholar who happens to have studied social sciences, including anthropology, and whose writings include sound ethnography of the phenomena. It deals with Meinrad Hebga and Ephphata as ethnographic objects of study. The book analyses examples from postcolonial African Catholicism with a focus on the apparent tension between Pentecostalization and Africanization in relation to African cultures and religions.

Keywords: African Catholicism; Africanization; Ephphata; ethnography; Meinrad Hebga; Pentecostalization; religious movement



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