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Schism, Innovation, and Continuity

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: http://dx.doi.org/10.1525/california/9780520268531.003.0006
Schism, Innovation, and Continuity

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Boitshepelo Jakoba's innovations while still in Eloyi brought him into head on opposition with his father, the archbishop. Boitshepelo himself argues that he has had to innovate to suit city conditions, conditions not faced by his father in the countryside. This innovation, deliberately modeled after a modern hospital and biomedical routines, introduces paperwork, including prescription forms and identity cards, and along with that certain other people-processing procedures. Boitshepelo innovates as, among other things, a modernizer and a church master builder. Another innovation of the bishop's is animal sacrifice during the day as well as the night. It is against established church practice and, his father insists, against the Bible. To each of these innovations, the old archbishop objects righteously and very strongly in the case of sacrifice.

Keywords: Boitshepelo Jakoba; Eloyi; archbishop; city conditions; innovation; hospital; routines prescription forms; identity cards; sacrifice

Chapter.  5348 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Anthropology of Religion

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