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Title: The religious itinerary of a people : the impact of the Christian Gospel (Wε choηa) on the Kasena of Ghana from 1906 to 1992
Author: Howell, Allison Mary
Awarding Body: University of Edinburgh
Current Institution: University of Edinburgh
Date of Award: 1994
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The Kasena in northern Ghana first encountered Christian missionaries in 1906 and so began to hear about We choha (God's way). For 50 years, the Roman Catholic Church functioned alone among the Kasena. Over this time most Kasena perceived We choha to be the "white man's religion" and largely irrelevant. Of those who became Christians many appeared to live a dichotomous life. They attended church on Sundays, requesting prayer and Mass be said for their crises and problems, but also sought to resolve issues through divination and traditional means which the church had condemned. From the 1950s, Kasena began to change their perception and acceptance of We choha. This period is also marked by the entry of new churches into the Kasena homeland, exposure to new aspects of the Christian message and increased Kasena migration to the south of Ghana. This study attempts to understand from the Kasena their reasons for accepting We choha and to discover in what ways they perceive it as relevant to their world and in the context of their family and daily life. The study initially identifies the historic, environmental and socio-political context of the Kasena. It explores Kasena organisation of social and family life, and the way they seek to live in their environment, to resolve some of their problems and clarify issues, with a view to gaining insight into their ideas and beliefs about life and the transcendental realm. There follows a study of Kasena stories of conversion, the establishment of churches through archival and literary sources and 185 unstructured, open-ended interviews with men and women in different churches and communities.
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Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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