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The vitality of Karamojong religion : dying tradition or living faith?

Author: Ben Knighton
Publisher: Burlington, VT : Ashgate, ©2005.
Series: Vitality of indigenous religions.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"How long can a traditional religion survive the impact of world religions, state hegemony, and globalization? The 'Karamoja problem' is one that has perplexed colonial and independent governments alike. Now Karamojong notoriety for armed cattle raiding has attracted the attention of the UN and USAID since the proliferation of small arms in the pastoralist belt across Africa from Sudan to stateless Somalia is deemed  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Ben Knighton
ISBN: 0754603830 9780754603832
OCLC Number: 51613954
Description: xvi, 349 pages : illustrations, maps ; 25 cm.
Contents: Contents: Foreword; The challenges of circumscribing the other; The series of human settlements in Karamoja; The colonization of Karamoja and Christian incursion; Spirit and society; Religion and social control; The constitution of the assembly, the paradigm for time; Sacral leaders and sacramental representation; Mediation and revelation; Enduring vitality and its challengers; Bibliography; Index.
Series Title: Vitality of indigenous religions.
Responsibility: Ben Knighton.

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In this text, Ben Knighton argues that the religious aspect of Karamojong culture, with its persistent faith dimension, was one of the key factors which has enabled the Karamojong people to maintain  Read more...

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