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Relevance of Thempu in Pastoral Ministry : A Socio-Theological Perspective
Authorship Description
Paul Lelen Haokip, Foreword by Jangkholam Haokip.
Bibliographical Details xxviii, 120 p. 23 cm.
Edition, Place & Publisher 1st ed. New Delhi, Christian World Imprints.
ISBN-10 9351484572
ISBN-13 9789351484578, 978-9351484578
Year of Publication 2020.
Further Details In Collaboration with Bethesda Khankho Institute, Churachandpur.
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The book gives an in-depth qualitative study on indigenous Kuki Thempu who depended considerably on spirits for the physical and spiritual welfare of the village people. The innumerable cultic rituals he performed showed great respect centred around natural elements like trees, animals, rivers, streams, mountains, and most of all on Indoi. Seeking the goodwill of God and spirits was the primary aim of the Thempu to bring about health and social tranquil atmosphere. A retrograde journey to cultural roots can draw an immense wealth of heritage that could be valuable in effective pastoral ministry in Catholic religious tradition.  


General Introduction

1. Kuki Belief System, Thempu and the Catholic Priesthood
2. Understanding Indigenous Kuki Culture
3. Integrating Thempu Ethos with the Catholic Priesthood
4. Methodology, Analysis and Interpretation of Findings
5. Discussion for Pastoral Implications

General Conclusion
Appendix A: Questionnaire (English)
Appendix B: Questionnaire (Thadou-Kuki)
Appendix C: Permission for Research

Paul Lelen Haokip is a Catholic priest of the Archdiocese of Imphal, Manipur, India. He has a keen interest in ethnography and ethnohistory. He has Master’s degrees in Sociology, Public Administration and Pastoral Management; at present pursuing PhD, Department of Sociology, CHRIST (Deemed to be University), Bangalore, Karnataka, India. He practices Wado-Ryu Karate Do. He has served in various capacities in the Archdiocese such as Procurator, Director of Catholic Educational Society Manipur (CESM), Principal of Sacred Heart School, Yairipok. He has published above 60 articles in various newspapers and magazines. His Literary works are:

i. Vannoi Nu Mary (Edited)
ii. The Groaning for Peace
iii. Moral Science (Classes I-X)
iv. The Joy of Being Myself

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