n Missionalia : Southern African Journal of Mission Studies - The vitality of Karamojong religion : Dying tradition or living faith? Ben Knighton : book review

Volume 34, Issue 1
  • ISSN : 0256-9507



The name Karamojong is used collectively for three nomadic cattle-herding and cattle-raiding tribes, viz. Karimojong, Jie and Bodosò living in Karamoja in northeast Uganda, where they were established during the 1830s from various ethnic groups with diverse cultural backgrounds. Karamojong cattle raiding, boosted by the proliferation of thousands of AK-47s left behind by Idi Amin's fleeing army, has greatly increased the incidence of ethnocide and destabilisation in the pastoral belt.

Despite attempts of governments, churches and development agencies to assimilate the Karamojong to modernity, they successfully resisted such attempts, adhering to traditional values and a traditional way of life that proved remarkably tenacious.

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