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Afro-Christian Religion & Healing in Southern Africa, edited by Irving Hexham and G.C. Oosthuizen, with S.D. Edwards and W.H. Wessels, (Lewiston, Edwin Mellen, 1989), pp. 432.
This book contains nineteen essays on various aspects of healing in new religions among the Zulu.
PART ONE: TRADITIONAL AFRO-CHRISTIAN HOLISTIC HEALING PROCEERDURES IN SOUTHERN AFRICA
1 Traditional and modern medicine in Southern Africa: some reflective and research considerations
2 Religion and healing: the African experience
3 A preliminary analysis of student attitudes towards modern doctors, traditional healers and faith healers.
4 The aetiology of spirit in Southern Africa
PART TWO: HEALING IN AFRICAN INDEPENDENT CHURCHES.
5 Indigenous healing within the context of African Independent Churches.
6. Healing practices in African Independent Churches.
7 A search for abundant life: health, healing and wholeness in Zionist Churches
8. Baptism & healing in African Independent Churches.
PART THREE: ZIONIST HEALING AND OTHER INDEPENDENT CHURCH PROCEDURES
9. The relative influence of participation in Zionist church services on the emotional state of participants.
10. Amafufunyana Spirit Possession: Treatment and Interpretation.
11. African Independent Churches as Healing Communities.
12. Music and dance as therapy in African traditional societies with special reference to the iBlandla lama Nazaretha (the Church of the Nazarites).
PART FOUR: AFRICAN HEALING AND WESTERN THERAPY
13. The iSangoma as psycho-therapist.
14. The iumthandazi - prayer partner.
15. Priests before healers - an appraisal fo the iSangoma or iSanusi in Nguni society.
J.A. Griffiths and R.W. S. Cheetham
16. The traditional healer/diviner as psychotherapist and A Schematic Presentation.
R.W.S. Cheetham and J.A. Griffiths
17. Healers: modern and Traditonal
18. Healing: A Xhosa perspective.
19. Healing as a psychosomatic event.
What some reviewers said
a. the significance of this volume lies...in the fact that South African anthropologists, psychiatrists, psychologists, and theologians could talk with rather than at each other about pastoral theology and healing in the work of independent churches...the volume will be used in graduate and research studies...
Choice, January, 1990.
b. ... a major contribution...
Norman E. Thomas, Journal of Religion in Africa, Vol. XXIII, No. 1, 1993, p. 89.
c. The diverse interdisciplinary approach is the strenght of the book. It is well researched...a must reading for missiologists, medical professionals, missionaries, anthropologists, and sociologists interested in the holistic healing practices of Africa amidst contemporary and changing societies.
J. Nathan Corbitt, Missiology, Vol. 20, 1994, pp. 536-537.
Afro-Christian Religion & Healing in Southern Africa is available from:
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P.O. Box 450
New York, 14092