Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xi
  2. Knut Rio, Michelle MacCarthy, Ruy Blanes
    Pages 1-36 Open Access
  3. Barbara Andersen
    Pages 235-255 Open Access
  4. Aletta Biersack
    Pages 293-305 Open Access
  5. Back Matter
    Pages 307-311

About this book


This open access book presents fresh ethnographic work from the regions of Africa and Melanesia—where the popularity of charismatic Christianity can be linked to a revival and transformation of witchcraft. The volume demonstrates how the Holy Spirit has become an adversary to the reconfirmed presence of witches, demons, and sorcerers as manifestations of evil. We learn how this is articulated in spiritual warfare, in crusades, and in healing or witch-killing raids. The contributors highlight what happens to phenomena that people address as locally specific witchcraft or sorcery when re-molded within the universalist Pentecostal demonology, vocabulary, and confrontational methodology. 


Charismatic Christianity Holy Spirit Pentecostal witchcraft Pentecostal movements pentecostalisation demonology Pentecostal demonology ethnography Papua New Guinea Vanuatu Congo Mozambique Tanzania indigenous Pentecostal movements Christian evangelism sorcery Oceania Open Access

Editors and affiliations

  • Knut Rio
    • 1
  • Michelle MacCarthy
    • 2
  • Ruy Blanes
    • 3
  1. 1.University of BergenBergenNorway
  2. 2.University of BergenBergenNorway
  3. 3.University of BergenBergenNorway

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