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Roho Expansion and Church Formation

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/9780195097900.003.0003
Roho Expansion and Church Formation

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From the uprising led by Wanga warriors in Musanda, a series of investigations were made to identify the culprits in the death of the Roho followers and founders, Mango and Lawi. At the end of the investigations, the family of the deceased refused to receive compensation that had been gathered for the deaths. After receiving the land handed on to them as part of fulfilling a prophecy Lawi once made, Mango's followers moved to Ruwe, but the fleeing from Musanda resulted in a division among the two, leading to a division within the church and its leaders and the establishment and institutionalization of the three ranking churches and Roho Religion in Kenya. This chapter further discusses the changing roles of women and the gender conformity of the activities of Roho members.

Keywords: Wanga warriors; Musanda; church; Kenya; gender conformity

Chapter.  20236 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Christianity

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