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The Emergence Of A Dii Christianity

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The establishment of a church on the Dii-plain was at times a turbulent project, but it was still a steady process of local acceptance and indigenization of the missionary message and the missionary media. This chapter addresses the Dii interpretation of the missionary message, that is, the theological content of this new religious institution. It analyses the spiritual imagination of the Dii Christian pioneers who became 'prophets' in a weberian sense of the word and entrepreneurs in the reconstruction of Dii religious beliefs. In the Norwegian missionary discourse the term liberation is, however, largely related to what the missionaries saw as liberation from spiritual oppression. To analyse the emergence of Dii Christianity means to analyse Dii concepts of religious practices and beliefs, of protection and blessing, in short we are dealing with how the Dii related to ultimate reality.

Keywords: church; Dii Christianity; Dii religious imagination; Norwegian mission; spiritual powers



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