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Soka Gakkai International in Post-Apartheid South Africa

Department of Religious Studies, University of Vienna, Vienna 1010, Austria
Religions 2020, 11(11), 598; https://doi.org/10.3390/rel11110598
Received: 3 October 2020 / Revised: 24 October 2020 / Accepted: 5 November 2020 / Published: 11 November 2020
This paper analyzes the activities of Soka Gakkai International (SGI) in South Africa, a largely Christian country with the presence of very strong African Independent and Pentecostal churches, where Buddhism has mostly attracted the attention of a small minority of white middle-class people interested in meditational practices. By focusing on SGI South Africa, which has been able to reach out to a significant number of black, and, to a lesser extent, Coloured and Indian/Asian members, this ethnographic study aims to contribute to the understanding of Buddhism’s interplay with a broader cross-section of post-apartheid South African society, and, secondarily, to add to the existing literature on this Japanese new religious movement overseas. After a brief overview of the historical development of SGI in South Africa, my analysis focuses on SGI South Africa’s main ritual, social, and missionary activities; its interplay with local religions; its attempts to establish a meaningful link with South African culture; and, finally, on the religious experiences and narratives of SGI’s South African members. View Full-Text
Keywords: Transnational Buddhism; Soka Gakkai International; South Africa; globalization Transnational Buddhism; Soka Gakkai International; South Africa; globalization
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Dessì, U. Soka Gakkai International in Post-Apartheid South Africa. Religions 2020, 11, 598.

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Dessì U. Soka Gakkai International in Post-Apartheid South Africa. Religions. 2020; 11(11):598.

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Dessì, Ugo. 2020. "Soka Gakkai International in Post-Apartheid South Africa" Religions 11, no. 11: 598.

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