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This study of religion in a Rhodesian tribe is based on Dr Murphree's continuous field work in the Shona community from 1962-4. It is thus more than an examination of the impact of Christian ideas on a traditional religion. The author's thesis is that there were factors in the indigenous religious system of the Shona which allowed them to assimilate Christianity as a viable alternative form of religion, and there is therefore an emphasis on the historical factors involved in the contemporary sociological situation, which the author is also concerned to analyse.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9781859738597
ISBN-10: 1859738591
Format: Hardback
(216mm x 138mm x 16mm)
Pages: 208
Imprint: Berg Publishers
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
Publish Date: 1-Jan-1969
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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Author Biography - Marshall W. Murphree

The author was engaged in missionary work in Rhodesia for many years. He subsequently studied anthropology at the London School of Economics and this book is a revised and rewritten version of his doctoral thesis. His dual approach adds an extra dimension to his description of a community undergoing marked social change. Dr Murphree is a lecturer in anthropology at the University College of Rhodesia.