Prescribing Christian Cosmetics

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:
Prescribing Christian Cosmetics

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This chapter discusses counterfabrication and Christian cosmetics in order to highlight the pervasive concern for attractiveness and proximity to God. The argument applies to Apostolic vestments that, like Christian cosmetics, figure in prescription. The afflicted person has to be diapolwe, undressed and then dressed afresh, just as the cosmetics have to undo the contact, moamolole, with polluting or maliciously harmful and occult things. Lavishly fabricated, gloriously visible, and high in commercial cost, the robes, the copes, and the miters as vestments are the effective means of investing Apostolics with the spiritual capacity to combat evil and draw near to God's goodness. The vestments manifest also hierarchical authority, being made by a seamstress or tailor under the direction of the bishop or archbishop. Christian cosmetics and vestments make their bearer attractive to God, above all.

Keywords: counterfabrication; Christian cosmetics; attractiveness; God; diapolwe; moamolole; occult; Apostolics; evil; vestments

Chapter.  6041 words. 

Subjects: Anthropology of Religion

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