Accounts of Conversions.

Reply Fri 18 Dec, 2009 08:29 am
I don't know quite how to phrase this- I was wondering whether anyone knew of any 'anthropological' accounts of conversions undergone by native people under missionary/colonial influence.

I think an account of what people suffering this type of conversion would be fascinating- what was it that convinced them their previous 'folk' (?) beliefs were actually wrong? Did they retain any of their old faith? Did any philosophy/consideration come into it at all or was it based on power/wealth etc.?
If anyone knows of any books containing accounts of this, either as part of an anthropological study/work of literature/testimonial account I'd be really interested.

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Reply Fri 18 Dec, 2009 10:55 am
@The Pentacle Queen,
You might want to look at Christianity in the Non-Western World by Forman.

Chapter 8 "The Circumstances of Conversion"
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Reply Fri 18 Dec, 2009 02:32 pm
I read Burckhardt's The Age of Constantine the Great not too long ago, and learned all sorts of information I never knew before including some on the situations you are talking about.
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Reply Mon 21 Dec, 2009 03:11 pm
@The Pentacle Queen,
Interesting wording... "what people suffering this type of conversion"...

suffering... Smile

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