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Death In A Church Of Life: Moral Passions During Botswana's Time of AIDS

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By Frederick Klaits

This deeply insightful ethnography explores the healing power of caring and intimacy in a small, closely bonded Apostolic congregation during Botswana’s HIV/AIDS pandemic. 

Death in a Church of Life paints a vivid picture of how members of the Baitshepi Church make strenuous efforts to sustain loving relationships amid widespread illness and death.

Over the course of long-term fieldwork, Frederick Klaits discovered Baitshepi’s distinctly maternal ethos and the “spiritual” kinship embodied in the church’s nurturing fellowship practice.

Klaits shows that for Baitshepi members, Christian faith is a form of moral passion that counters practices of divination and witchcraft with redemptive hymn singing, prayer, and the use of therapeutic substances.

Paperback: 368 pages
Publisher: University of California Press (Feb 2010)
ISBN-13: 9780520259669
Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 2.2 x 22.9 cm

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