African Traditional Religious Beliefs and Pentecostalism

Innovation and Competition: Changing Religiosity from African Traditional Religious
Beliefs to Pentecostalism in Harare, Zimbabwe
There is no doubt about the reality of religious competition and conversion in Africa.
Pentecostalism has become one of the fastest growing trends of Christianity that has
created major competition with African traditional religions. This study concurs
with the idea that diversity and competition are often vehicles, if not drivers, of
creative change, and such innovation creates more competition. It is the thrust of this
study to analyze how contemporary Pentecostalism in Harare has been creating
innovations drawn from African Traditional Religion as experienced through ‘rituals,
symbols and practices that are usually forms of communication with the divine as
well as through more contemplative practices that enhance one’s awareness of the
presence of God’ (Mwaura 2008:2).
Principal Investigator: Tapiwa Praise Mapuranga, Department of Religious Studies,
Classics and Philosophy, University of Zimbabwe, Harare.
Profile Of Researchers
Latest News

27 July, 2017

Call for Papers - Currents, Perspectives, And Methodologies In World Christianity

Princeton Theological Seminary, New Jersey, USA

January 18 – January 20, 2018

The last few decades mark a significant watershed in the study of World Christianity as an emerging field, its development into an interdisciplinary and transdisciplinary endeavor in particular. Most scholarship now characterizes World Christianity as a ‘polycentric’ faith

"The Healing City: Faith of Unity Prayer Camp in Kapyemi, Uganda" - Nsibidi Institute, 12 June 2017 (online)
28 June, 2017

By: Asonzeh Ukah

Religion, health and healing are intricately interwoven and inseparable in traditional African