Crossroads of Culture is a study of the Christian churches of northern Malawi and their engagement with and resistance against ancestral beliefs and practices. The main research question is based on a recognition that pioneer Protestant mission stations were built around a tripartite model of being—the body, mind, and spirit. This materialized through the construction of hospitals, schools, and churches, thus embedding the daily activities and priorities of the missions in a body ontology, which breaks with the regional precolonial ontology. Lindland’s case studies address the ways his differently situated interlocutors deal with these conflicting ontologies in life-crises situations. The book is based on a sixteen-month long fieldwork carried out in 1999–2000. Lindland is no stranger to African Christianity as he spent a large part of his childhood and youth in Congo/Zaire with his parents, Baptist missionaries between 1958 and 1985. As such this book continues a long tradition set...

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