By Felicitas Becker, Wenzel Geissler, P. Wenzel Geissler

This quantity explores how AIDS is known, faced and lived with via spiritual rules and practices, and the way those, in flip, are reinterpreted and adjusted by way of the adventure of AIDS. reading the social construction, and productiveness, of AIDS - linking physically and religious stories, and spiritual, scientific, political and fiscal discourses - the papers counter simplified notions of causal results of AIDS on faith (or vice versa). as a substitute, they reveal people's resourcefulness of their fight to maneuver forward despite adversity. This relativises the imaginative and prescient of doom generally linked to the African AIDS epidemic; and it permits to work out AIDS, rather than a novel occasion, because the fruits of a century-long technique of altering livelihoods, physically health and wellbeing and religious imaginaries.

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They also said that they do not have enough tears to mourn the dead. 5 Following the classical witchcraft paradigm described by Evans-Pritchard, if a person becomes sick or dies, often somebody close to this person, a relative or a neighbour with whom the deceased was in conflict, is accused of being responsible for the death by having bewitched and ‘eaten’ the victim. When the death rate is rising, this shifting of responsibility and guilt to the inside of communities increases discord, hatred and fear, sometimes to an unbearable extent.

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