Rounds, John C.. Curing what ails them: individual circumstances and religious choice among the Zulu-speakers in Durban, South Africa

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Author: Author's name as listed in Library of Congress records

Title: Curing what ails them: individual circumstances and religious choice among the Zulu-speakers in Durban, South Africa

Published in: if part or section of a book or monograph Africa -- Vol. 52, no. 2

Published By: Original publisher Africa -- Vol. 52, no. 2 London: Oxford University Press. 1982. 77-89 p.

By line: Author's name as appearing in the actual publication John C. Rounds

HRAF Publication Information: New Haven, Conn.: Human Relations Area Files, 2005. Computer File

Culture: Culture name from the Outline of World Cultures (OWC) with the alphanumberic OWC identifier in parenthesis. Zulu (FX20)

Subjects: Document-level OCM identifiers given by the anthropology subject indexers at HRAF Functional and adaptational interpretations (182); Cultural participation (184); Music (533); Social relationships and groups (571); Cult of the dead (769); Spirits and gods (776); Prayers and sacrifices (782); Purification and atonement (783); Revelation and divination (787); Congregations (794); Religious denominations (795); Organized ceremonial (796);

Abstract: Brief abstract written by HRAF anthropologists who have done the subject indexing for the document This paper is concerned with the rise and development of two religious movements among Zulu speakers in the Durban area of South Africa -- a nativistic religion called 'the Zulu way', centered around spiritual healing, and the Pentecostal religion, based on concepts of morality, sin, and salvation. Rounds compares and contrasts these two religions and notes their many basic similarities. According to the author differences between the two arise in the different postures taken toward the city (Durban) and the different decisions made by individuals before conversion about the permanence of their stay in the city. Converts to the nativistic religion were mostly migrants, while converts to the Pentecostal congregation were generally immigrants. 'Activity at the nativist centre appeared to provide solutions to the problems which confront any migrant, especially financial responsibility, maintaining links with home, and the choice of suitable friends and entertainments. On the other hand, activity in the Pentecostal congregation appeared to provide solutions to the parallel problems confronting any immigrant to the city, especially a different and more burdensome financial responsibility, the choice of a different set of friends and entertainment, and the lack of firm guides to proper conduct in a potentially anomic situation' (p. 87).

Document Number: HRAF's in-house numbering system derived from the processing order of documents 52

Document ID: HRAF's unique document identifier. The first part is the OWC identifier and the second part is the document number in three digits. fx20-052

Document Type: May include journal articles, essays, collections of essays, monographs or chapters/parts of monographs. Journal Article

Language: Language that the document is written in English with summary in French

Note: Includes bibliographical references (p. 88)

Field Date: The date the researcher conducted the fieldwork or archival research that produced the document no date

Evaluation: In this alphanumeric code, the first part designates the type of person writing the document, e.g. Ethnographer, Missionary, Archaeologist, Folklorist, Linguist, Indigene, and so on. The second part is a ranking done by HRAF anthropologists based on the strength of the source material on a scale of 1 to 5, as follows: 1 - poor; 2 - fair; 3 - good, useful data, but not uniformly excellent; 4 - excellent secondary data; 5 - excellent primary data Ethnologist-4

Analyst: The HRAF anthropologist who subject indexed the document and prepared other materials for the eHRAF culture/tradition collection. John Beierle ; 2004

Coverage Date: The date or dates that the information in the document pertains to (often not the same as the field date). ca.1910-1970s

Coverage Place: Location of the research culture or tradition (often a smaller unit such as a band, community, or archaeological site) Durban, South Africa

LCSH: Library of Congress Subject Headings Zulu (African people)


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