Christianity and Taboos

Foi chrétienne et interdits Cas des chrétiens de l'Alliance Chrétienne et Missionnaire en
pays baouléd’hier à demain

This study deals with Christianity and taboos in the Baoulé region, past, present and looking
to the future. It addresses the nature and the place of traditional spirituality among members
of the Christian and Missionary Alliance (CMA) in the Ivory Coast. The objective of this
research is to identify, understand and analyze the relationship of Christians from the CMA
with prohibitions [taboos], to show how they grasp or perceive them and identify the sources
and the bases of the arguments for rejecting these prohibitions. Moreover, it intends to point
out the virtues and values (social, moral, religious, ecological, environmental, ethical,
sanitary, psycho-spiritual, physiological, etc.) of the prohibitions in the Baoulé region,
identify their significance or universal, missiological, and theological contribution. How does
a better understanding of these taboos facilitate access to the Gospel as points of contact and
harbingers? Might such insights contribute to the resolution of the intra-community conflicts
that have persisted from the Western Christian mission’s period until today?

Principal Investigator: CélestinKouassi, Academic Director, Faculte de Theologie
Evangelique de l’Alliance Chretienne (FATEAC), Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire

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