Religions in Africa He Describes Term Paper

  • Length: 5 pages
  • Subject: Mythology - Religion
  • Type: Term Paper
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The author tells that the people take the Sacred History more then a book as they recite the book every year in a special event. He tells that Guti has been given a position of an apostle by the people. The author emphasizes on the fact that wherever a new building is made it is given a foundation stone which tells the people that Guti is the founder of the movement. The author tries to tell that Guti shadows over all the other important people who helped in founding the movement.

The author then tells that ZAOGA's official version of past could be interpreted or could be judged by individual witnesses. The author tells that many church members when asked about the ordeal of Guti or the early days of ZAOGA tell about Guti being a great leader and his qualities. But often when they are asked in detail they also relate other people like church members and co founders who played an important role in the formation of the movement. The author tells that Guti sidelined other important people who were involved in the movement because of his personal needs of power and importance. David tells us that when the funeral speech is offered for co-founders it gives an opportunity to know that other people were also involved in the movement. While the author again indicates that Guti's tale is missing some parts by telling that some South African cities support their own leaders who played quite significant roles in reviving and popularizing the movement. He tells that still some of the leaders of the South African origin complain about not being included in the church's official testament. And at some places people praise and celebrate their own native man's birthday. The author tells that this takes place in the province of Cabo Delgado. The author tells us that the movement of Guti removed all the pieces that show the original incidents which occurred in the life of Guti. But even then the educated sects of the ZAOGA's members have come to realize the original story of ZAOGA's evolvement. The people have come to know about Guti's real chase of power and authority. The author tells us that people have come to terms with the reality as they have already seen such examples in previous spiritual leaders like Jimmy Swaggard and Jim Baker who became hungry for power and got so self-obsessed that they forgot their own made rules and teachings. The author tells that Guti's popularity is declining due to the increase in education and the realization of people about his inner self and greed. The author describes the situation by giving details of a column that has made an aim of exposing the real Guti and the real history of ZAOGA. The author concludes that the movement gained popularity in the local people because of the edited form of story, in which Guti presented himself as a spiritual leader with pure intentions but in reality he is something else. The author more specifically describes the history of ZAOGA and tells that in founding this movement other members or co-founders were also involved.

ii) David Maxwell has beautifully described the reality of the movement of Guti. He has told the roots of how the movement evolved. David's argument is almost perfect in nature as he is describing all the present activities of Guti and ZAOGA. Guti has taken all the credit of forming the movement alone, but as the author says there were other members involved too who worked hard for the formation of the movement. The important points where the author sums it all up is when he tells about the 'history' files which were found in the original ZAOGA's records. It showed that Guti was an influential person and he used his power in the wrong way and portrayed himself as a religious hero. But these records tell the real story of Guti and how he amends and purifies his movement. Another important point was when the author tells about the ordeal of people who describe the movement and tell about other people or co-founders too who worked for the betterment of the movement. Thus to sum it all up I personally think that David is right in pointing out the wrongly portrayed history of ZAOGA and Guti's obsession for power, authority…

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