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Title:Revealing prophets: prophecy in Eastern African history
Editors:Anderson, David M.ISNI
Johnson, Douglas H.ISNI
Series:Eastern African studies
City of publisher:London
Publisher:James Currey
ISBN:0852557183; 0821410881; 082141089X; 0852557175
Geographic terms:East Africa
African religions
Abstract:This book gives an analytical account of the different forms prophecy has taken in East Africa over the past century. It is arranged in three parts. The first section deals with prophetic idioms, the four chapters here demonstrating the interaction of different mantic categories in space and time (contributions on prophecy and power in Maasailand, by Richard D. Waller; spirit mediums and priestesses in precolonial interlacustrine East Africa, by Iris Berger; healing, the cosmos and Islam on the East African coast in the 19th century, by David Sperling; and modern Zande prophetesses, by Margaret Buckner). The second section offers three chapters on colonial representations of prophets (Marcia Wright on the Maji Maji rebellion in German East Africa; Holger Bernt Hansen on the colonial control of spirit cults in Uganda; David M. Anderson on prophets and colonialism in Kenya's Western Highlands). The final section offers three chapters which focus upon the histories and interpretations of specific prophets, set in their own contexts (Douglas H. Johnson on the Nuer prophet Ngundeng and the battle of Pading (1878), Sudan; Charles Ambler on prophecy and colonialism in central Kenya; John Lonsdale on political uses of the Kikuyu past). The chapters are preceded by an introduction on the characteristics of prophets by Douglas H. Johnson and David M. Anderson.