means a church-going person whose belief is mainly rooted in Apostolic faith or better yet also known in ChiShona language as Chitenderi cheVapostori.

Alternatively, Mupostanga is also written and spoken as Mupostan'a.

The plural forms for Mupostanga are Mapostanga, Vapostanga Vapostan'a, or Mapostan'a.

Mapostori (or Vapostori) are one of the largest Christian religious bodies in the Republic of Zimbabwe and the difference amongst them is some read the Holy Bible whereas some worship the Lord ("Jehovah") without the need of referring to the Holy Scriptures as many Protestant or Catholic Christians do.

Their signature look is a bald head and long beard for men whilst women wear a white dhuku (headwrap) and long white dresses called gemenzi in ChiShona. Some wear a red attire and these are referred to as veNguwo Tsvuku or veNguwo Dzvuku ("those who wear red robes or garments").


Concerning the controversial aspect of things, Christian Zimbabweans see Vapostori as a "cult" rather than a genuine Christian denomination since they endorse and practice polygamy to the fullest and sometimes marry off their children in their teenage years.

At the same time, some Vapostori groups consider other Zimbabwean Christian churches as a means of controlling people via false religion and man-made doctrines (especially Catholicism) instead of primarily focusing on Jehovah Almighty (Ishe).

Secondly, some but not all Vapostori mix Chivanhu and Christianity. In other words, think of this as being a sangoma (or n'anga) whilst at the same time claiming to be a devout Christian.

Thus a problem with some of them is they use a combination of either mishonga (nyora or mbashto), mermaid spirits (mashavi), midzimu ("ancestral spirits"), and zvikwambo ("goblins") to perform healing miracles and prophesy.


Popularly known Vapostori include Johane Masowe (born Shoniwa Masedza), Johane Marange (born Muchabaya Momberume), and Paul Mwazha.
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