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A Nigerian Mother In Israel At Coney Island: Authority, Gender, And Translation In A Transnational Yoruba Religion

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This chapter examines religious transnationalism in the Eternal Sacred Order of Cherubim and Seraphim (ESOC&p;S), in the work and life of one Nigerian-American woman leader. Mother's work is physically transnational, moving her between the United States, Nigeria, and Canada. Her spiritual landscape extends further, to The Holy Land and to Heaven, where Church members travel in trance. Her authority and gender roles are informed by these multiple sites, as is her ability to understand her Church and to translate it for others. The chapter discusses the following transnational elements of the religion: geographical range and physical travel within it; multiple sites of authority, potency and pilgrimage; the impact of multiple national histories and mores; expatriate life; and religious portability and the reconstitution of spiritual and social geographies. It concludes that all parts of a transnational religion are not transnational to the same degree.

Keywords: ESOC&p;S; Nigerian-American woman leader; religious transnationalism; United States



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