Sickness and Healing

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Simon Herrmann

A Cognitive Study of Mature Lele Christians in Papua New Guinea

ISBN 978-3-643-91478-1
Band-Nr. 54
Jahr 2022
Seiten 382
Bindung broschiert
Reihe Beiträge zur Missionswissenschaft / Interkulturellen Theologie – Contributions to Mission Studies / Intercultural Theology


Long before the Lele people of Papua New Guinea had
significant contact with the Western world and Christianity,
they had developed a framework for understanding sickness
and healing with a strong emphasis on the unseen world. This
study examines how mature Lele Christians of the Evangelical
Church of Manus assess traditional health concepts in light
of their Christian faith and Scripture. By using cognitive
theory as an interpretive approach, this research serves as
a case study to illustrate the mental processes that take
place when Christians in an animistic context make sense of
their traditional culture.

Simon Herrmann spent 15 years in Papua New
Guinea, the United States and Malaysia. He now works as a
lecturer in Intercultural Theology at the Internationale
Hochschule Liebenzell (IHL).