My Sexpo Experience: A Closer Look at Cape Town’s Sex Fair

André told me that he wants to go to the Sexpo, South Africa’s largest sexuality exposition at Cape Town’s International Convention Centre (CTICC). When I pick him up on Sunday afternoon his girlfriend lies in bed. She just came back from work and points out that she’s too tired to join. ‘Don’t get drunk!’ she says . . . → Read More: My Sexpo Experience: A Closer Look at Cape Town’s Sex Fair

The Muslim brother

‘Heil Hitler’ yells the lady and raises her arm. Then Dudrik blasts in to tell her that I am not fond of ‘him’. I hate when people respond like this because I’m from Germany but this time it is rather comical. The grey haired woman looks at me with her eyes wide opened while cowing on . . . → Read More: The Muslim brother

A Man Bewitched: Relationship Problems Reconsidered

“Each and every day we had problems. We fought about little things. Then I wasn’t even able to get a job. Things were not going the way they are supposed to be. You know I have some qualifications. I tried to sell my CV but there was no response. Then we went to an older woman . . . → Read More: A Man Bewitched: Relationship Problems Reconsidered

Out of the Womb into the Womb: A Xhosa Initiation Ritual Transformed

Mcendisi receives a call. His ex-girlfriend informs him that today there will be his son’s imbeleko – a Xhosa ritual performed to introduce a child to his or her ancestors. “How can she expect me to be there on such a short notice?” Mcendisi says disturbed. The relationship with the mother of his son and her . . . → Read More: Out of the Womb into the Womb: A Xhosa Initiation Ritual Transformed

Pentecostal Miracles

Everybody is urged to open up, to close ones eyes and to reach out for the sky to feel god’s presence. “If you came just as a spectator nothing will happen,” announces the pastor. I feel caught. I am reluctant to lift my arms merely turning my palms to the ceiling, just in case some energy . . . → Read More: Pentecostal Miracles

Urban Development: Pentecostal Style

I enter the community centre in Tafelsig, considered to be one of the most poverty stricken and crime infested neighborhoods of Cape Town. I spent several months there and had already learned about the power of Pentecostal churches. Tonight Jesus Celebration International has invited people to come and heal in Jesus’ name. Some color prints of . . . → Read More: Urban Development: Pentecostal Style