Focusing on the production of knowledge in imperial comparative religion, this chapter uncovers the work of thinkers in South Africa who reversed the flow of knowledge production in the philology, psychology, history, and anthropology of religion. Challenging imperial theorists, the Zulu philologist A. T. Bryant, who adopted the pseudonym uNemo to contradict Friedrich Max Müller, demonstrated the increasing independence of local experts in South Africa. The psychoanalyst Wulf Sachs, who developed a case study of the diviner John Chavafambira, eventually realized that a psychology of religion had to be related to social, economic, and political context. Turning imperial theorists such as James Frazer and Jane Ellen Harrison into informants for their own intellectual projects, the Tswana historian S. M. Molema and the Zulu scholar of religion, ritual, magic, and drama, H. I. E. Dhlomo, produced alternative knowledge about religion and religions that was situated in South Africa and attentive to relations between theory and race.
Chicago Scholarship Online requires a subscription or purchase to access the full text of books within the service. Public users can however freely search the site and view the abstracts and keywords for each book and chapter.
If you think you should have access to this title, please contact your librarian.
To troubleshoot, please check our FAQs, and if you can't find the answer there, please contact us.