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6064 -- BÖLL, VERENA et al. (Eds.)

Ethiopia and the missions. Historical and anthropological insights
(Afrikanische Studien 25)
Münster: Lit Verlag 2005
243 pp., Euro 29.90; ISBN 3-8258-7792-2


This is the result of a workshop on " Historical and anthropological insights into the missionary activities in Ethiopia: Conversions, resistances and compromises" at the University of Hamburg in 2003. The purpose was to "achieve a better comprehension of a phenomenon that by virtue of its heterogeneity is still poorly understood", and "on the other hand, the workshop intended to break new ground through its interdisciplinary approach."
##Since the sixteenth century, Ethiopian Orthodox Christianity and the indigenous religions of Ethiopia have been confronted with, and influenced by, numerous Catholic and Protestant missions. This book offers historical, anthropological and personal analyses of these encounters. The discussion ranges from the Jesuit debate on circumcision to Oromo Bible translation, from Pentecostalism in Addis Ababa to conversion processes among the Nuer. Juxtaposing past and present, urban and rural, the book breaks new ground in both religious and African studies.##

Keywords: mission, Protestant mission, Aari, Oromo, Jesuits

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