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5066 -- KIRSCH, THOMAS G.

Performance and the negotiation of charismatic authority in an African indigenous Church in Zambia

Paideuma 48.2002:57-76


##...the following case study of an indigenous prophet-healing church among the Gwembe Tonga in Zambia aims to describe a particular form of attribution of charismatic authority... I would like to show how charisma is socially negotiated, constructed and maintained in the course of the rituals of this church by means of an interactional form of control over the performance. Entitlement to religious leadership within the St. Moses God´s Holy Spirit Church is immediately linked to acknowledgment as a medium of the Holy Spirit.##

Keywords: indigenous Churches, Christianity in Zambia, Gwembe Tonga, charisma in Christianity, leadership through charisma

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