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Turning the spirits into witchcraft: Pentecostalism in the Fijian villages

Newland, Lynda (2004) Turning the spirits into witchcraft: Pentecostalism in the Fijian villages. Oceania, 75 (1). pp. 1-18. ISSN 0029-8077

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Abstract

Since Independence in 1970, Pentecostal churches have undergone unprecedented growth in Fiji. They claim to revive and purify Christianity and openly demonise many traditional ideas and practices that have been incorporated into the teachings and practices of the indigenous orthodox church of Methodism. The repercussions are that families with pre- Christian esoteric knowledges are now perceived as cursed and therefore more likely to suffer illness and early death. Moreover, according to the Pentecostal churches, these conditions can only be healed by converting to Pentecostalism. However, in the villages,this conversion also brings conflict and sometimes splits villages completely, as in the case with a village on Beqa Island, or results in violence, as in the case of a village in Naitasiri. Both cases are discussed in this paper.

Item Type: Journal Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Spirits, witchcraft, pentecostalism, villages, pentecostal churches, christianity, methodism
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BR Christianity
H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
Divisions: Faculty of Arts, Law and Education (FALE) > School of Social Sciences
Depositing User: Users 24 not found.
Date Deposited: 06 Aug 2004 12:35
Last Modified: 06 Aug 2012 12:35
URI: http://repository.usp.ac.fj/id/eprint/5018
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