Religions in Africa Term Paper

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¶ … religions in Africa. He describes the infamous movement known as the Zimbabwean Assemblies of God Africa (ZAOGA) which brought a revolution in the way of thinking and the culture of the Africans. More importantly the author David Maxwell tells about the increasing support for the religion known as Pentacostalism. ZAOGA was one of the major movements which worked for the support of Pentacostalism. The author talks about the African people or masses that altered their version of stories to gain superiority or authority specifically about one person known as Ezekiel Guti. ZAOGA puts itself as one of the sacred movements in the African history but the reality is a bit different then what the ZAOGA claims. ZAOGA was a movement lead by a man named Ezekial Guti. ZAOGA's leader Guti gave information about his movement in a book named 'The Sacred History'. This book is a total account of Guti and ZAOGA's achievements in flourishing and achieving its task in spreading Pentacostalism successfully. The book gives a spiritual account of Guti and shows him as an Apostle. The book gives a detailed account of Guti's life and his sacrifice and influence on the ZAOGA. Thus giving mostly the positive points about the movement and presenting the movement without any greed, malice treachery and portraying it as a pure movement.Get full Download Microsoft Word File access
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But on the contrary the author David Maxwell tells another part of the story which is not told by either Guti or the books and tales told by him. The Sacred History purified the movement's actions and did not give any chance to the people to question or revolt against the authority of Guti. But the author gives points which describe the ZAOGA movement. He tells that the movement itself was formed after two main struggles or wars, in which one was the Pentecostal turf war, which took place for the control of states. It was fought between the faction of Guti and another movement's faction known as Apostolic Faith Mission. This war was fought by Guti to gain power, disciple's support and control of property. And when finally Guti came out to be successful in his struggle to gain control of all these things inter-conflicts in the faction took place and thus Guti had to wage a struggle once again to replace the movement's members with his own kith and kin, associates of his cultural group and businessmen for his own personal interests. But the author emphasizes that the book Sacred History does not discuss any such struggle launched by the movement. All the books related to the ZAOGA put forward Guti as the main revolutionist in the field of religion and does not give great importance to Guti's partners or people who helped to raise ZAOGA to such a standard. The author makes it evident by telling that ZAOGA's own records contain a file named "history" in which a whole narrative of the history of ZAOGA is revealed. This history of the ZAOGA reveals other stories which were not told or published. It incorporated many more names other then Guti and the file showed him as an equal member of the movement who struggled in the same way as the other co-founders did. The official files of ZAOGA included more comments by Guti on Erwin's African Apostle (a book) in which he has asked Erwin to amend specific parts in the book. This book was written in the honour of Guti and he is referred as the African Apostle in the book. The amendments further confirmed that Guti was trying to restrain other names from being published or given importance. Importantly another whole part of the book is not there, which is describing the Guti's fiery affairs with Bhengu and the Assemblies of God. The book's name was changed to African Prophet by Guti. Guti held great editorial influence and with that he was able to amend many versions of reality concerning to the ZAOGA and published them. The author tells that even after Guti had the power over the press he still had to use the whites for they are strong members of the community to be allied with. And thus here the author describes one of his personal experiences with Guti, in which Guti was giving a speech to his faction of people and he emphasized on Dr. Maxwell's presence and he told the faction of people that Maxwell was writing about ZAOGA. Thus… [END OF PREVIEW] . . . READ MORE

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