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The Early Phase of the Roho Movement

Cynthia Hoehler-fatton

in Women of Fire and Spirit

Published in print August 1996 | ISBN: 9780195097900
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780199854769 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195097900.003.0001
The Early Phase of the Roho Movement

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In Kenya there are already more than 220 independent churches, where three, among which the Musanda Holy Ghost Church of East Africa, the Ruwe Holy Ghost Church of East Africa, and the Cross Church of East Africa, rank among all of them. The emergence of these churches is traced as they share common roots that arouse from the Roho (spirit) movement in Western Kenya, and the death of Alfayo Odongo Mango. This chapter traces the beginning of the Roho religion based from a narrative about the surfacing of the Roho movement, and in the working of the Holy Spirit in the person and life of Alfayo Odongo Mango, the charismatic preacher. Within the analysis of this chapter arise issues about land, politics in Kenya under the European control, and the dominance of the spirit in the persistence of Mango and Lawi to keep the Roho faith alive.

Keywords: Kenya; Roho movement; Alfayo Odongo Mango; European control; independent churches

Chapter.  18034 words. 

Subjects: Christianity

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