This is the fascinating social history of a remote chiefdom in Zimbabwe. The book focuses on the religion and politics of the area, describing how the Hwesa people adapted the Christianity that the missionaries brought to found their own popular Christianity, pitted against local notions of evil. It also examines the role of the chief, challenging the idea that the they were no more than colonial stooges.
There are many good things about this study... Close attention is paid to the ways in which African responses to missionisation affected its nature. The past role and present significance of local chieftainship is also illuminated.