On How Religion Creates New Life-stories
The book will be essential assigned reading in university courses in development studies, anthropology, and missiology.
Chapter 1. Introduction – A Life-Long Relationship
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INTRODUCTION – A LIFE-LONG RELATIONSHIP
The background for writing this book is in many ways that Madagascar, in different capacities, and with different perspectives, has always been a part of my life. What I do in this book is to present elements of my own personal and professional life journey. I grew up in Madagascar, and as a grown-up I have studied social anthropology or social science and its relation to development and cultural and social processes of change on the one hand, and I have been involved in the wide themes of Christian religion on the other. My relationship with Madagascar has been a challenging and sometimes troublesome one, but at the same time it has been an immensely rewarding journey to make. This book in a way sums up some of the themes and projects that I have been working on and relating to.
I lived most of my childhood and part of my adult life in Madagascar. My parents were Norwegian missionaries who worked in the Lutheran church on the island. As a child I lived in small towns on the southeast coast of the island, and grew up bilingual – and I am still bilingual, as Malagasy is almost as much a mother tongue to me as Norwegian. I spent more time with my Malagasy friends and in their houses and villages than I did in my parents’ house. In spite of this I was brought up as a...
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