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    Wild Religion: Tracking the Sacred in South Africa (Paperback) By (author) David Chidester

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    DescriptionWild Religion is a wild ride through recent South African history from the advent of democracy in 1994 to the euphoria of the football World Cup in 2010. In the context of South Africa's political journey and religious diversity, David Chidester explores African indigenous religious heritage with a difference. As the spiritual dimension of an African Renaissance, indigenous religion has been recovered in South Africa as a national resource. Wild Religion analyzes indigenous rituals of purification on Robben Island, rituals of healing and reconciliation at the new national shrine, Freedom Park, and rituals of animal sacrifice at the World Cup. Not always in the national interest, indigenous religion also appears in the wild religious creativity of prison gangs, the global spirituality of neo-shamans, the ceremonial display of Zulu virgins, the ancient Egyptian theosophy in South Africa's Parliament, and the new traditionalism of South Africa's President Jacob Zuma. Arguing that the sacred is produced through the religious work of intensive interpretation, formal ritualization, and intense contestation, Chidester develops innovative insights for understanding the meaning and power of religion in a changing society. For anyone interested in religion, Wild Religion uncovers surprising dynamics of sacred space, violence, fundamentalism, heritage, media, sex, sovereignty, and the political economy of the sacred.

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    Wild Religion
    Tracking the Sacred in South Africa
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) David Chidester
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 280
    Width: 150 mm
    Height: 224 mm
    Thickness: 25 mm
    Weight: 295 g
    ISBN 13: 9780520273085
    ISBN 10: 0520273087

    B&T Book Type: NF
    BIC E4L: REL
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    BISAC V2.8: REL017000
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    University of California Press
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    University of California Press
    Publication date
    23 April 2012
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    Author Information
    David Chidester is Professor of Religious Studies at the University of Cape Town in South Africa. He is the author of Authentic Fakes: Religion and American Popular Culture (UC Press), Savage Systems: Colonialism and Comparative Religion in Southern Africa, Christianity: A Global History, Salvation and Suicide: Jim Jones, the Peoples Temple, and Jonestown.
    Review quote
    "Explores South African indigenous religious heritage and the meaning and power of this religion in a changing South African society." Immanent Frame 20120717 "Recommended." -- T. D. Moodie, Hobart and William Smith Colleges Choice 20121201
    Table of contents
    Preface 1. Going Wild 2. Mapping the Sacred 3. Violence 4. Fundamentalisms 5. Heritage 6. Dreamscapes 7. Purity 8. Power 9. World Cup 10. Staying Wild Notes Index