Richard Werbner

in Holy Hustlers, Schism, and Prophecy

Published by University of California Press

Published in print April 2011 | ISBN: 9780520268531
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520949461 | DOI:

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Holy Hustlers is an evocative and cinematic film. From the very start, some of that aesthetically sensuous appeal has to be kept in mind. One reason is the need to appreciate that holy hustling gains its moving urgency through actual aesthetic force. This chapter concentrates mainly on young urban charismatics in the Eloyi Christian Church and its offshoot, the Conollius Apostolic Church. Each church has its city branch based in a poor neighborhood of Gaborone. Eloyi itself is one of many small churches known as Apostolic, after the Apostles of Christ. It is without doubt the largest and most famous in terms of sensational media coverage, with its very dramatic, explosive exorcisms. Its total congregation is estimated at between four and six thousand members. It is transnational and has dozens of branches across Botswana and in South Africa.

Keywords: Holy Hustlers; charismatics; Eloyi Christian Church; Conollius Apostolic Church; Gaborone; congregation; Botswana; South Africa

Chapter.  6417 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Anthropology of Religion

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