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Mystics and missionaries: narratives of the spirit movement in Eastern Nigeria*

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This paper combines insights from de Certeau's writings on mysticism, history and possession, along with Africanist perspectives on new religious movements to inform a case study of a Christian revival movement in late 1920s south‐eastern Nigeria. The paper focuses on the events and fallout of the so‐called Spirit Movement of 1927 in which bands of young men and women entered states of spiritual possession, paraded along the roads, attacked elders and secret society members, and killed suspec...

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Published
Peer review status:
Peer reviewed
Version:
Accepted Manuscript

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10.1111/j.1469-8676.2007.00006.x

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Department:
St Antonys College
Publisher:
Wiley Publisher's website
Journal:
Social Anthropology Journal website
Volume:
15
Issue:
1
Pages:
47-70
Publication date:
2007-02-27
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EISSN:
1469-8676
ISSN:
0964-0282
Pubs id:
pubs:662556
URN:
uri:3a7a25a1-5615-47fc-8ff6-6f237d49edbe
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uuid:3a7a25a1-5615-47fc-8ff6-6f237d49edbe
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pubs:662556
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