You can change your cookie settings at any time. Au milieu des années 1990, la mortalité liée au sida atteint son paroxysme dans cette région. The themes of this book were presented by the author when he gave the Evans-Pritchard lectures at All Souls College, Oxford. The central figure of the drama, Ceredonia Mwerinde, was visited by the Virgin Mary at a site particularly associated with Nyabingi in its guise of anti-colonial struggle. The appropriation of indigenous spiritual terminology was common within the mission story, but in Kigezi it was taken to an unusual level.
Les églises établies, catholique et anglicane, ont longtemps maintenu leur hégémonie sur le paysage religieux. Le paysage pentecôtiste en Ouganda est particulier. Illness, particularly malaria, broke out in the cramped collective dwellings; drought led to hunger approaching starvation; and, as they died, increasingly the group cut themselves off. Vokes argues that networks of debt arising from spiritual misfortune and redemption were maintained but reoriented, and were still characterized by secrecy. These indigenous priests, lacking direct ties with generous donors in the West, were no longer able to provide material relief. The Nyabingi cult appears in records of the colonial period primarily as a movement of resistance. The end was mostly likely suicide by poison, the dead engulfed by a fire set by the last to die.
Vokes argues that this was only one guise adopted by a network of relations, exchanges, and initiatory knowledge that sought to redress misfortunes, particularly infertility in narrow and broad senses. Along the way, Richard Vokes generalizes theoretically and methodologically for his anthropological readers likely to be interested in such things, but these passages are neither extended nor obtrusive whether or not they are necessary and readers of this journal will not find they obscure the narrative thrust. Pour les protestants, dans les années 1920, le Kigezi est le berceau « du grand réveil est-africain ». . On aurait aimé savoir si la division entre les convertis protestants et catholiques correspondait également à la fracture politique de la résistance à la domination coloniale. Richard Vokes has written a remarkable book.
The promised commission of enquiry was never established, Kanungu was made a district headquarters to compensate the local population, and all religious movements were required to accept intrusive state regulation. Les épouses de ménages polygames pratique courante dans cette région , désespérées, affluent avec leurs enfants vers le Mouvement pour la Restauration des Dix Commandements de Dieu la moitié des morts identifiés sont des mineurs, 72 % des adultes sont des femmes. From the outset, media, police, politicians, and so forth began to apply different glosses to what had taken place. Au milieu des années 1920, le culte jugé subversif est interdit et semble disparaître les adeptes du culte sont écrasées militairement. Pour citer cet article Référence papier Henri Médard, « V okes Richard, 2010, Ghosts of Kanungu. En particulier les capacités de mobilisation financière des nouveaux prêtres sont bien moindres que celles des missionnaires.
The heart of his study is a new religious movement, the Movement for the Restoration of the Ten Commandments of God. Was this mass suicide or mass murder? The question of whether Kanungu is best understood as mass suicide or multiple murder is more than just an intriguing detective story: it goes to the heart of how the event should be perceived and understood in both religious and social terms. Référence électronique Henri Médard, « V okes Richard, 2010, Ghosts of Kanungu. Historical reinterpretation is needed for one set of antecedents to become apparent. A calendar in an adjoining building contained what appeared to be a brief, but revealing, suicide note. Days later the Ugandan police discovered a series of mass graves containing over 400 bodies on various other properties belonging to the sect. Vokes montre que la dynamique de conversion est très différente chez les catholiques Pères Blancs et chez les protestants Church Missionary Society.
Ethnographic monographs on Africa, whatever their other virtues, can rarely be described as riveting from first to last, but this one is. It was at its headquarters in Kanungu that a fire broke out in a locked building, leaving at least 400 people dead. Le mouvement entreprend ensuite une démarche de recrutement agressive vis-à-vis des victimes du sida et de leur entourage. Ethnographic monographs on Africa, whatever their other virtues, can rarely be described as riveting from first to last, but this one is. It is not one he could have foreseen writing when he began his doctoral fieldwork in Uganda in March 2000.
We shall never know with certainty what happened in March 2000, but Vokes has worked tirelessly to derive a plausible narrative by placing the documented events in the context of the various forces — of the past and the present, the relatively local and global —working upon them. Vokes takes us on his journey as he put together a network of informants and documents over the eight-year period during which he endeavoured to make sense of this cataclysmic event. The Rukiga words for the Virgin Mary, confessionals, penance, sins and heaven, for example, were all taken from vocabulary associated with Nyabingi. Nyabingi, as one informant put it, became a Catholic, and in the process also became anthropomorphized. The book opens with the scenario as it appeared to a newcomer — as Vokes then was — and closes by revisiting the same scenes in the light of eight years of investigation.
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