Religion: Lenshina Mulenga

The rainy season is over, and this week along the roads and trails and bicycle tracks of Northern Rhodesia, thousands of Africans are trudging through the bush to a clump of 20-odd huts called the village of Kasomo. They come from as far as 400 miles away to see and hear a plump, 32-year-old native woman and be baptized by her in the name of God—the black man's God. Her name is Lenshina Mulenga, and her magnetic hold on the people around Kasomo is confounding Christian missionaries there.

One day in September 1953, Lenshina Mulenga walked into the Church of Scotland's Lubwa...

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