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Author Hodgson, Dorothy Louise.

Title The church of women : gendered encounters between Maasai and missionaries / Dorothy L. Hodgson
Published Bloomington, IN : Indiana University Press, [2005]
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Description 1 online resource (xvii, 307 pages) : illustrations, maps
Contents "Oh she who brings the rain" -- Men of the church -- Evangelizing "the Maasai" -- The church of women -- Being a man in the church of women -- Possessed by the Spirit -- Toward a Maasai Catholicism?
Summary In Africa, why have so many more women converted to Christianity than men? What explains the appeal of Christianity to women? What does religious conversion mean for the negotiation of gender and ethnic identity? What role does religious conversion play as a tool for empowering women? In The Church of Women, Dorothy L. Hodgson looks at how gender has shaped the encounter between missionary priests and Maasai men and women in Tanzania. Building on her extensive experience with Maasai and the Spiritan missi
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
Notes Print version record
Subject Catholic Church -- Missions -- Tanzania.
Congregation of the Holy Ghost -- Missions -- Tanzania.
Women, Maasai -- Religious life -- Tanzania.
Maasai (African people) -- Tanzania -- Religion.
Form Electronic book
LC no. 2004022320
ISBN 9780253111210