Gender and Return in the Kimbanguist Church of Portugal

Gender and Return in the Kimbanguist Church of Portugal Journal of Religion in Europe 4 (2011) 369–387 © Koninklijke Brill NV, Leiden, 2011 DOI 10.1163/187489211X592094 brill.nl/jre Journal of Religion in Europe Gender and Return in the Kimbanguist Church of Portugal Ramon Sarró Institute of Social Sciences, University of Lisbon, 1600–189 Lisbon, Portugal ramonsarro@gmail.com Joana Santos Institute of Social Sciences, University of Lisbon, 1600–189 Lisbon, Portugal joaninhas.joana@gmail.com Abstract Th is article analyzes some events related to the Kimbanguist church that have taken place in Portugal and in the Democratic Republic of Congo. It unearths a connection between an increasing feminization of practices and narratives within this church and the emergence of an ideology of return to Africa linked both to eschatological beliefs and to notions of ‘mission,’ ‘example,’ and ‘success.’ Th e article shows the advantage of a multi-sited fi eldwork in the study of transnational religion, as well as the changing nature of religious institutions in today’s world, in which socio-political dynamics in the migrants’ new settings both aff ect and are aff ected by what happens in the headquarters of their religious institution. Keywords Kimbanguism , gender , migration , Africa , Portugal , Christian mission , transna- tional religion 1. Th e Second Burial of http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Journal of Religion in Europe Brill

Gender and Return in the Kimbanguist Church of Portugal

Journal of Religion in Europe, Volume 4 (3): 369 – Jan 1, 2011

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© 2011 Koninklijke Brill NV, Leiden, The Netherlands
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Journal of Religion in Europe 4 (2011) 369–387 © Koninklijke Brill NV, Leiden, 2011 DOI 10.1163/187489211X592094 brill.nl/jre Journal of Religion in Europe Gender and Return in the Kimbanguist Church of Portugal Ramon Sarró Institute of Social Sciences, University of Lisbon, 1600–189 Lisbon, Portugal ramonsarro@gmail.com Joana Santos Institute of Social Sciences, University of Lisbon, 1600–189 Lisbon, Portugal joaninhas.joana@gmail.com Abstract Th is article analyzes some events related to the Kimbanguist church that have taken place in Portugal and in the Democratic Republic of Congo. It unearths a connection between an increasing feminization of practices and narratives within this church and the emergence of an ideology of return to Africa linked both to eschatological beliefs and to notions of ‘mission,’ ‘example,’ and ‘success.’ Th e article shows the advantage of a multi-sited fi eldwork in the study of transnational religion, as well as the changing nature of religious institutions in today’s world, in which socio-political dynamics in the migrants’ new settings both aff ect and are aff ected by what happens in the headquarters of their religious institution. Keywords Kimbanguism , gender , migration , Africa , Portugal , Christian mission , transna- tional religion 1. Th e Second Burial of

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Published: Jan 1, 2011

Keywords: TRANSNATIONAL RELIGION; PORTUGAL; AFRICA; CHRISTIAN MISSION; MIGRATION; KIMBANGUISM; GENDER

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