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Joseph Marianus Kujur

In: Margins of Faith: Dalit and Tribal Christianity in India

Chapter 2: Tribal Church in the Margins: Oraons of Central India

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Tribal Church in the Margins: Oraons of Central India
Tribal church in the margins: Oraons of central India
Joseph MarianusKujur
Double Marginalization

Despite the contribution of Christianity, primarily in the field of education, health, culture, literature, development and political consciousness, what have often been highlighted are the mutual discrimination, segregation and alienation between tribal Christians and those with traditional faith. Christianity has also been accused of superimposing its supposedly ‘superior’ beliefs and practices on the local and its disdainful and contemptuous attitude towards new converts, projecting the latter as the ‘heathen’ families breaking the fetters of ‘heathenism’ and joining the church. The church was thought to be indulging in detribalization and cultural alienation. From the traditional tribal point of view the new ways of celebrating tribal festivals, offering ...

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