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Spiritual healing A comparison between New Age groups and African Initiated Churches in South Africa

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This article explores and compares spiritual healing in two contemporary guises: the New Age movement and African Initiated Churches (AICs). A third component which cannot be ignored is the traditional African healing practices which (to a large extent) have shaped practices in the AICs. Firstly, the current growth in the prevalence of these groups is considered. Secondly, the two major components are compared with regard to illness and its causes, gifted healers, rituals, and transformation. And finally, the possible effects of these practices on the restoration of the country is considered.

Affiliations: 1: Department of Science of Religion University of South Africa PO Box 392 Pretoria 0003

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