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Prayer Behavior in Rural Kilimanjaro, Tanzania

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Theories and empirical evidence regarding prayer behavior generally emerge from studies of survey respondents in developed countries. The research we describe here adds to the literature by exploring links between demographic characteristics and the frequency and content of prayers for respondents in rural Tanzania. We surveyed 349 Christian households from six villages in the country's Kilimanjaro region. In some aspects our findings match results from survey research conducted elsewhere, and in other aspects our results differ from those commonly reported in the literature. We suggest that local cultural and socioeconomic conditions may account for the differences in outcomes. These results suggest a need for caution in applying to poor countries theories and expectations drawn from the developed country context.
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Keywords: Tanzania; local cultural conditions; prayer content; prayer frequency; socioeconomic and demographic characteristics

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: 01 December 2014

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