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Unstable biographies: the ethnography of memory and historicity in an Angolan prophetic movement

By Ruy Llera Blanes


In this article I discuss issues of memory and historicity in a contemporary African prophetic movement, the Tokoist church. I do so by focusing on the multiple processes of “biographization” of the prophet's (Simatildeo Toko) life from the different allegiances within the movement. I suggest that, despite recent critiques on the biographical method, the ethnography of those (unstable and heterogeneous) processes can be very helpful to understand the place of memory and historical consciousness in contemporary Christianity

Topics: BF Psychology, GN Anthropology
Publisher: Routledge
Year: 2011
DOI identifier: 10.1080/02757206.2011.546854
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Provided by: LSE Research Online
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