Genealogy and Identity in Pentecostal Historiography
The oriki tradition performed the task of historiography among the Yoruba of southwestern Nigeria, dealing with the core matters of genealogy and identity. Not only did it tell the story of the past, but it told of the history and how other performers have handled the story. Indeed, the performers, arokin, often expounded on how they inherited the tradition and faithfully maintained it. This chapter tells the story of African Pentecostalism as embodying Africans' quest for power and identity through religion. It begins by embedding that story within the contours of global Pentecostal historiography. The African religious achievement is often dismissed by emphasizing the external influences. The shape and flow of Africa's experience of the Pentecost is reviewed with the eyes of the python, because of the salience of the Pentecostal movement in African historiography.
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