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The Resource Ghosts of Kanungu : fertility, secrecy & exchange in the Great Lakes of East Africa, Richard Vokes

Ghosts of Kanungu : fertility, secrecy & exchange in the Great Lakes of East Africa, Richard Vokes

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Ghosts of Kanungu : fertility, secrecy & exchange in the Great Lakes of East Africa
Title
Ghosts of Kanungu
Title remainder
fertility, secrecy & exchange in the Great Lakes of East Africa
Statement of responsibility
Richard Vokes
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Language
eng
Summary
On 17 March 2000 several hundred members of a charismatic Christian sect, the Movement for the Restoration of the Ten Commandments of God (MRTC), burnt to death in the group's headquarters in the Southwest Ugandan village of Kanungu. Days later the Ugandan police discovered a series of mass graves containing over 400 bodies on various other properties belonging to the sect. 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. Based on eight years of historical and ethnographic research, 'Ghosts of Kanungu' provides a comprehensive and scholarly account of the MRTC and of the events leading up to the inferno. It argues that none of these events can be understood without reference to a broader social history of Southwestern Uganda during the twentieth century, in which anti-colonial movements, Catholic White Fathers missionaries, colonial relocation schemes, the breakdown of the Ugandan state, post-war reconstruction, the onset of HIV/AIDS, and the transformation of the regional Nyabingi fertility cult into a Marian church with worldwide connections, all played their part. The themes of this book were presented by the author when he gave the Evans-Pritchard lectures at All Souls College, Oxford. RICHARD VOKES is Senior Lecturer in Anthropology at the University of Canterbury, New Zealand. Uganda: Fountain Publishers (PB)
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Vokes, Richard
Dewey number
276.761082
Index
index present
LC call number
BX9998
LC item number
.V64 2009
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
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  • Movement for the Restoration of the Ten Commandments of God
  • Fires
  • Mass burials
  • Fire investigation
  • Kanungu (Uganda)
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Ghosts of Kanungu : fertility, secrecy & exchange in the Great Lakes of East Africa, Richard Vokes
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online resource
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rdacarrier
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text
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rdacontent
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CR9781846157271
Extent
1 online resource (xiii, 240 pages)
Form of item
online
Isbn
9781846157271
Media category
computer
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rdamedia
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  • c
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digital, PDF file(s).
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Ghosts of Kanungu : fertility, secrecy & exchange in the Great Lakes of East Africa, Richard Vokes
Publication
Note
Title from publisher's bibliographic system (viewed on 02 Oct 2015)
Carrier category
online resource
Carrier category code
  • cr
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
CR9781846157271
Extent
1 online resource (xiii, 240 pages)
Form of item
online
Isbn
9781846157271
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • c
Other physical details
digital, PDF file(s).
Specific material designation
remote

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