By Andrew Dawson
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The Chua Boi spirits who are a group of female forest spirits asso ciated with healing and divination. Local Spirits/Multicultural Rituals 29 The Little Dark Princess who visited Billy at Office Depot. Ethnic minorities are often portrayed in archetypical ways. The Seventh Prince (Ong Bay) is an ethnic Viet spirit who lives near the Chinese border. Because the Chinese influenced him he likes to drink dark tea and smoke ciga rettes laced with opium. Often thoroughly intoxicated, he stumbles about the temple in a drug-induced haze.
Mokoko Gampiot characterises Kimbanguism as an ‘independent African religion born in the Belgian Congo out of the reaction of a Congolese leader against the colo nial order’ with ‘spiritual and historical roots in this Congolese attempt of mystical and political reconstruction of the Kongo Kingdom’ (2004: 49). While Balandier (1955) described Central African messianic movements in terms of symbolic resistance and political counter-forces resulting from the ‘colonial situation,’ Sarró and Blanes (2009: 52–72) rightly note that Kimbanguism managed to adapt to the postcolonial period through its routi nisation, while keeping a strongly affirmed prophetic dimension even in its diasporic form (see also, Jules-Rosette, 1997: 153–67; MacGaffey, 1983).
When she caresses me her touch is so soft and gentle. Asked to clarify her attraction to the religion, Elise said that she cannot explain it but that she ‘identified with the environment’ even though she had never seen it before. When asked if she felt she had lived a previous life in Vietnam she said she had already been ‘regressed’ by a hypnotist who discovered that she was the incarnation of a great grandmother who had died during the Spanish civil war. Still, she said, I do have to admit that I have Oriental feelings.