Evangelizing the Karimojong : a study of the pastoralists of East Africa
Rubaiza, Obed Robert M.
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This study examines the evangelization of the Karamojong people, the pastoralists of East Africa. The purpose of this study is to investigate the extent of evangelization of the Karamojong people, amidst allegation that the Karamojong people are resistant to change. Chapter one of this study, is a guide and offers definitions and the problem statement. Also the subject, the purposes, relevance and methods of investigation and presentation are explained. Chapter two is mainly a review of the literature and other sources of information regarding: the historical, political, cultural and religious perspectives of the Karimojong society. These perspectives are investigated to establish whether there is a relationship between these forces and the Karimojong evangelization process. The narratives are important to this study because they are likely to provide us with vital information concerning the Karimojong life and practice. OP Under the historical perspectives, the historical events, which led to the present situation is discussed. In the political perspectives, the political forces and the political ramification in the political and social development of the Karimojong people are discussed. Particular reference is made on the colonial era as well as the post colonial regimes of the independent Uganda. The negative impact created by the political forces isolated the Karamojong people. In order to achieve a solution to their survival, transhumance as a mode of existence was used. Militarisation of the region was introduced to curb tribal conflict connected to raiding of cattle and the restocking of herds decimated by either disease or cattle raiding. In the cultural and religious section, the Karimojong's rich cultural perspective was investigated with a view to ascertain how cultural sufluence affected the Karimojong receptivity to new ideas. Chapter three dwells on the impact of the forces discussed in chapter two as the major causes of the Karimojong inhibitions to change. Chapter four refers to the means of evangelizing the Karimojong people. Practical methods understood and relevant to the Karimojong world-view should be used in the propagation of the gospel. Various approaches have been highlighted in this respect. Chapter five is the conclusion and offers recommendations as well as the brief summary of this study. Evangelisation of the Karimojong is possible by using holistic approach rather than the traditional missionary method of evangelism.
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