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Holy Hustlers, Schism, and Prophecy – Apostolic Reformation in Botswana - California Scholarship Online
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Holy Hustlers, Schism, and Prophecy: Apostolic Reformation in Botswana

Richard Werbner


This book examines the charismatic Christian reformation presently underway in Botswana's time of AIDS and the moral crisis that divides the church between the elders and the young, apostolic faith healers. It focuses on Eloyi, an Apostolic faith-healing church in Botswana's capital. It shows how charismatic “prophets”—holy hustlers—diagnose, hustle, and shock patients during violent and destructive exorcisms. The book also shows how these healers enter into prayer and meditation and take on their patients' pain, and how their ecstatic devotions create an aesthetic in which beauty beckons God. ... More

Keywords: Christian reformation, Botswana, AIDS, apostolic faith healers, Eloyi, faith-healing church, prophets, exorcism, prayer, meditation

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2011 Print ISBN-13: 9780520268531
Published to California Scholarship Online: May 2012 DOI:10.1525/california/9780520268531.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Richard Werbner, author