Mozambique: religious practices and post-conflict processes

Igreja, Victor ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-1408-8053 (2022) Mozambique: religious practices and post-conflict processes. In: The Routledge Handbook of Religion, Mass Atrocity, and Genocide. Routledge Handbooks in Religion. Taylor & Francis (Routledge), Abingdon, United Kingdom, pp. 331-342. ISBN 978-0-367-32150-5


Abstract

In sub-Saharan Africa, diverse religious beliefs and practices have been implicated in mass violence as well as post-conflict peacebuilding processes. In Mozambique—following the political turmoils of colonialism, short-lived postcolonial socialist revolution, and a protracted civil war—communities drew on histories of survival experiences, religious imaginaries, and gender relations to address the challenges of post-conflict social and moral recovery. A comprehensive understanding of the role of diverse religious imaginaries in post-conflict reconstruction requires a closer look at how Indigenous religious practices intensify and contain violence. In Gorongosa, a district in the center of Mozambique, the gamba spirits of male dead soldiers return to the world of the living to intrusively possess women’s bodies and wreak havoc, demanding accountability for serious violations perpetrated in the past. Embodied accountability is at once a social, moral, health, and religious process that blurs gender and temporalities of conflicts and suffering as part of the post-conflict recovery and healing efforts in Mozambique.


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Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Current - Faculty of Business, Education, Law and Arts - School of Humanities and Communication (1 Mar 2019 -)
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Current - Faculty of Business, Education, Law and Arts - School of Humanities and Communication (1 Mar 2019 -)
Date Deposited: 17 Mar 2022 03:29
Last Modified: 09 Jun 2022 01:44
Fields of Research (2008): 21 History and Archaeology > 2103 Historical Studies > 210310 Middle Eastern and African History
16 Studies in Human Society > 1608 Sociology > 160805 Social Change
22 Philosophy and Religious Studies > 2204 Religion and Religious Studies > 220405 Religion and Society
Fields of Research (2020): 50 PHILOSOPHY AND RELIGIOUS STUDIES > 5004 Religious studies > 500402 Comparative religious studies
44 HUMAN SOCIETY > 4410 Sociology > 441004 Social change
44 HUMAN SOCIETY > 4410 Sociology > 441014 Sociology of religion
Socio-Economic Objectives (2008): C Society > 95 Cultural Understanding > 9504 Religion and Ethics > 950405 Religious Structures and Ritual
E Expanding Knowledge > 97 Expanding Knowledge > 970122 Expanding Knowledge in Philosophy and Religious Studies
E Expanding Knowledge > 97 Expanding Knowledge > 970116 Expanding Knowledge through Studies of Human Society
Socio-Economic Objectives (2020): 28 EXPANDING KNOWLEDGE > 2801 Expanding knowledge > 280123 Expanding knowledge in human society
13 CULTURE AND SOCIETY > 1305 Religion > 130502 Religious philosophies and belief systems
Identification Number or DOI: https://doi.org/10.4324/9780429317026
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/45685

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