Originally published in 1965, this is a study of Christian secessionist sects in the southern Province of Nyasaland (Malawi). It discusses the nature and context of sectarianism in Africa and analyses the developemnt of the sects, their ritual and worship and the roles of their officials in the social life of the community. This detailed analysis of the character and influence of sectarianism provides a valuable contirbution t the understanding of the complex process of social change which has taken place in this part of Africa.
Table of Contents
2. The Origins of the Sects
3. The Incidence and Extent of Sectarianism in Southern Nyasaland
4. Doctrines of the Sects
5. Ritual and Worship
6. The Officials of the Sects
7. The role of Sect officials in Nyasaland Social Life
8. The Sect as a Social Group
9. Nyasaland Sectarianism in Perspective - Some Comparisons.