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Wolaitta Evangelists: A Study of Religious Innovation in Southern Ethiopia, 1937-1975

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by E. Paul Balisky
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Wolaitta Evangelists: A Study of Religious Innovation in Southern Ethiopia, 1937-1975 by E. Paul Balisky

This study presents the religious dynamics of the Wolaitta Kale Heywet Church in southern Ethiopia from 1937 to 1975. On the basis of detailed research from within southern Ethiopia, E. Paul Balisky demonstrates that the indigenous extension of the Wolaitta Christian movement into southern Ethiopia, through the instrumentality of her evangelists, helped Wolaitta regain her own religious center and subsequent identity after centuries of various forms of colonialism and imperialism. Wolaitta Evangelists broadens one's understanding of how an imported model of Christianity provided religious answers to the ideals of a particular Ethiopian society and continues to motivate her members to evangelize. The evangelists who went to people of similar culture and worldview were successful in effecting social change. To ethnic groups who had moved beyond their former primal religions, and to those of disparate culture, the evangelists were those who scattered the seed and impacted the religious, social, economic, and political life of southern Ethiopia. Wolaitta Evangelists tells the story of how missionary activity played a role in Wolaitta once again becoming a people.

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Pages: 410
Size: 37.3 MB
Publisher: Pickwick Publications
Date published:   2009
ISBN: 9781630879365 (DRM-EPUB)

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