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Salvation and Tradition: Configurations of Faith in a Time of Death

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This paper explores the relationship between faith and AIDS in western Kenya by looking at two sets of beliefs and practices: Christian salvation and Luo traditionalism. Many of the debates and conflicts about AIDS and its meanings among Luo people are shaped by people's commitment to these very different faiths. While AIDS is exacerbating tensions between these ways of being and doing, the need to regenerate life and growth after death is also leading to negotiations between saved and traditional pathways. I approach these issues through the controversial subject of widow guardianship or 'inheritance'.

Affiliations: 1: Institute of Anthropology, University of Copenhagen, Denmark


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