A Theological Investigation into Zomi Search for the Lost Paradise: A Southeast Asian Pentecostal Reflection

Abstract

This research proposes a Pentecostal pneumatological reading of the recent social-political story of Zomi, an ethnic Christian minority in Myanmar. In recent decades, Zomi felt the loss of their paradisal dreamland amid the ups and downs of modern Burman politics. In its origin, the “Paradise lost and found” is a biblical concept that has become a basic driving motif of some significant Christian movements, in which the Zomi are also no exception. Accordingly, this research observes how various social, political, and religious groups have read this biblical theme differently in the past and analyzes what implications they bear for Zomi, an ethnic minority group in Myanmar. The spatial geographical reading is the most prevalent motif of all those preceding movements is the observation at a glance. However, this research advocates Pentecostal/Charismatic spirituality as another missing link for Zomi in their search for the lost Paradise.

Presenters

Rev Thang San Mung
Student, Ph.D., Oral Roberts University, Oklahoma, United States

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Presentation Type

Paper Presentation in a Themed Session

Theme

Narratives and Identity

KEYWORDS

THEOLOGY, CONTEXTUALIZATION, ASIAN CHRISTIANITY, PENTECOSTALISM, SPIRITUALITY

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