Spiritual healing A comparison between New Age groups and African Initiated Churches in South Africa

in Religion and Theology
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This article explores and compares spiritual healing in two contemporary guises: the New Age movement and African Initiated Churches (AICs). A third component which cannot be ignored is the traditional African healing practices which (to a large extent) have shaped practices in the AICs. Firstly, the current growth in the prevalence of these groups is considered. Secondly, the two major components are compared with regard to illness and its causes, gifted healers, rituals, and transformation. And finally, the possible effects of these practices on the restoration of the country is considered.

Religion and Theology

A Journal of Contemporary Religious Discourse



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