OCCULT AND PARANORMAL IN NIGERIAN PENTECOSTAL MISSIONS: IMPLICATIONS FOR SOCIAL COHESION IN MANY IGBO COMMUNITIES

AUTHOR: ELIZABETH EZENWEKE

FROM  UJAH- UNIZIK JOURNAL OF ARTS AND HUMANITIES VOL II NO. 2, 2010

PUBLISHED BY FACULTY OF ARTS

NNAMDI AZIKIWE UNIVERSITY, AWKA     

It has been observed that Pentecostalism, a major branch of New Religious Movement has grossly filled the religious scenarios of Africa with seemingly false representation and exaltation of occultism. These occult practices inherent in Nigerian Pentecostal missions seem to be over blown, over played and over staged which hitherto, SCCI” to create anti social behaviours among people. However, there seem to be insufficient literature on the impact of this anomaly on ,:he daily lives of average Nigerians, which has created a knowledge [‘ap in the literature and has hitherto, formed conception for the present study. This study, carried out in Anambra state, Nigeria is hoped to contribute in highlighting the dangers of some Pentecostal practices and to resolve and mitigate some social crises in the area of study. This expository study, using both evaluative survey and case study methods was guided by three research questions. The study used primary and secondly sources and was based on Social Cognitive Theory and of Self-Efficacy. Five principal findings were noted which includes that many cordial social relations have been mesmerized and jumbled. The paper concludes with a call for an urgent attention to correct the observed anomaly.

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