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Like A Labyrinth Is His Life – A Missionary Discourse On Conversion

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This chapter contains in-depth analysis of all the two hundred seventy one articles in Misjonstidende written by or about the Norwegian missionaries working in Cameroon in the period 1934-1960. The aim is to analyse how the Norwegian sources describe the religious encounter between Christianity and Traditional African Religion, and their legitimization of their project through the construction and negotiation of 'self' and 'the other'. The reactions of the indigenous population to the message of the missionaries will also be briefly analysed, but only through the looking glass of the Norwegian sources. If conversion was some kind of reorientation, a way out of a labyrinth of evil forces, what was, according to Norwegian missionaries, the population in Adamaoua to be converted from and what were they to be converted to?.

Keywords: Cameroon; Christianity; Labyrinth; Norwegian missionaries



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