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Wild Religion: Tracking the Sacred in South Africa

David Chidester


This book is a wild ride through recent South African history from the advent of democracy in 1994 to the euphoria of the football World Cup in 2010. In the context of South Africa's political journey and religious diversity, the author explores African indigenous religious heritage with a difference. As the spiritual dimension of an African Renaissance, indigenous religion has been recovered in South Africa as a national resource. The book analyzes indigenous rituals of purification on Robben Island, rituals of healing and reconciliation at the new national shrine, Freedom Park, and rituals o ... More

Keywords: South African history, democracy, football World Cup, religious diversity, indigenous religious heritage, African Renaissance, indigenous rituals, sacred space, fundamentalism, heritage

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2012 Print ISBN-13: 9780520273078
Published to California Scholarship Online: September 2016 DOI:10.1525/california/9780520273078.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

David Chidester, author
University of Cape Town