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Cross-Cultural Mission: The Impact of the American Baptist Missionaries on the Angami Naga Tribe

Angami, Kezhalezo (2018) Cross-Cultural Mission: The Impact of the American Baptist Missionaries on the Angami Naga Tribe. Doctor of Theology thesis, UNSPECIFIED.

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Abstract

Western Christian Missionaries have often been blamed for undermining and destroying the cultures of the indigenous people of the North East India, including the Angami Naga tribal culture. Rather than subscribing to this stereotype of the missionaries as destroyers of tribal culture, the research looks at the actual records - such as the accounts of anthropologists and the letters and documents of the missionaries - to see how the missionaries dealt with local tribal culture.

This research shows that the American Baptist Missionaries who worked in the Naga Hills from 1872 to 1947 have indeed been responsible for cultural change among the Angami Nagas. Yet, it would be wrong to say that the changes that came about as a consequence of missionary activity obliterated Angami traditional culture. In fact, the missionaries can be seen as the preservers and custodians of Angami culture. They not only preserved but also shaped the Angami culture and made it resilient for the future.

Item Type: Theses (Doctor of Theology)
Repository Version: Author's Final Manuscript
Keywords: American Baptist Missionaries, Angami Naga culture, Contextualization, Counter cultural, Cross cultural mission, Gospel and culture, Inculturation, Indigenization
Fields of Research: 22 Philosophy and Religious Studies > 2204 Religion and Religious Studies > 220401 Christian Studies (incl. Biblical Studies and Church History)
Socio-Economic Objective: E Expanding Knowledge > 97 Expanding Knowledge > 970122 Expanding Knowledge in Philosophy and Religious Studies
Type of Activity: Pure Basic Research
Subjects: D - Missiology
College/Association with University of Divinity: YTU: Yarra Theological Union
Depositing User: Dr Suman Kashyap
Date Deposited: 15 Mar 2019 04:46
Last Modified: 15 Mar 2019 04:46
URI: http://repository.divinity.edu.au/id/eprint/3452

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