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Heterosexuell erotisierte Beziehungsgeflechte in der Mission

Martina Kessler, Christina Landman
Verbum et Ecclesia | Vol 37, No 1 | a1618 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/ve.v37i1.1618 | © 2016 Martina Kessler, Christina Landman | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 14 April 2016 | Published: 30 November 2016

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Martina Kessler, Research Institute for Theology and Religion, University of South Africa, Germany
Christina Landman, Research Institute for Theology and Religion, University of South Africa, South Africa


Heterosexual eroticising situations and relationships in the context of missions. This article contains some of the results of empirical research done on heterosexual eroticising relationships in which missionary women engage. This research was done for a DTh thesis submitted at the University of South Africa in 2014. Eroticising always precedes actions and influences the later relationships of male and female missionaries who are still alive and working. In an initial study it was found that many missionary organisations had addressed and listed sexuality as a theme. However, the eroticising of heterosexual relationships has up till now not been systematically researched and reflected upon. During interviews with missionary women, it was found that they not only had been involved in erotic relationships beforehand, but that they also experienced eroticising in the mission field, establishing eroticising as part of the internal system of missionary work.

Intradisciplinary and/or interdisciplinary implications: Consequently, a Missiology of being authentically human was developed for this study in which eroticising was addressed. With this, it should be possible to deal theologically and practically with eroticising, temptation and sexual needs.


missionaries; erotics; relationship


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