Revisiting the roots of an African shrine: The sacred Mugumo tree: An investigation of the  religion and politics of the Gikuyu people in Kenya

Revisiting the roots of an African shrine: The sacred Mugumo tree: An investigation of the religion and politics of the Gikuyu people in Kenya

von Matthew Muriuki Karangi
Taschenbuch - 9783659344879
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Beschreibung

The Kenyan history is weaved with the interplay of quintessential religio-political factors. In the past, some of the most important agents were the imperialist, missionaries, scholars and the adherents of African religions and philosophy. The history of central Kenya underlines that the Colonial government, the Missionaries, the African scholars and the Gikuyu elders collaborated in the forging and invention of the Gikuyu identity as we know it today. In the construction of the history, the sacred Mugumo was shrouded with religio-political power and used by the elders for social and religio-political control of the group. It was this religio-political symbiosis which was celebrated and ritualised around this traditional African shrine. Moreover, the sacred Mugumo prepared the ground for the evangelisation in the Gikuyu land and the political hegemony based on power-knowledge and control. Revisiting an African shrine through the sacred Mugumo tree will help the readers understand the Gikuyu cosmology as well as current religio-political conflicts in Kenya and look for solutions which will help the Gikuyu people co-exist harmoniously with other ethnics groups in Kenya.

Details

Verlag LAP Lambert Academic Publishing
Ersterscheinung Februar 2013
Maße 221 mm x 149 mm x 25 mm
Gewicht 523 Gramm
Format Taschenbuch
ISBN-13 9783659344879
Auflage Nicht bekannt
Seiten 336

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