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Death in a Church of Life

Moral Passion during Botswana's Time of AIDS

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Death in a Church of Life by Frederick Klaits
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This deeply insightful ethnography explores the healing power of caring and intimacy in a small, closely bonded Apostolic congregation during Botswana's HIV/AIDS pandemic. "Death in a Church of Life" paints a vivid picture of how members of the Baitshepi Church make strenuous efforts to sustain loving relationships amid widespread illness and death. Over the course of long-term fieldwork, Frederick Klaits discovered Baitshepi's distinctly maternal ethos and the 'spiritual' kinship embodied in the church's nurturing fellowship practice. Klaits shows that for Baitshepi members, Christian faith is a form of moral passion that counters practices of divination and witchcraft with redemptive hymn singing, prayer, and the use of therapeutic substances. An online audio annex makes available the examples of the church members' preachings and songs.

Author Biography

Frederick Klaits, a cultural anthropologist, teaches in the Thompson Writing Program at Duke University.
Release date Australia
February 5th, 2010
Country of Publication
United States
Illustrations
4 line illustrations, 2 maps
Imprint
University of California Press
Pages
368
Dimensions
152x229x22
ISBN-13
9780520259669
Product ID
4023213

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