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Quiet Wives and Questing Warriors: The Public and Hidden Transcripts of Roho Women

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/9780195097900.003.0005
Quiet Wives and Questing Warriors: The Public and Hidden Transcripts of Roho Women

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Roho women have been raised in a culture of quiet obedience, though within their expression of silence rises a culture hidden and one which can only be deduced in their songs and actions in terms of resistance to domination. In this part of Kenya, gender identity and roles taken by them are given emphasis as part of their culture, where superiority, exploitation, and oppression are widespread within the practices of the Roho religion; though as much as the Roho taught their women to become obedient despite the unfair treatment and suffering, it also taught them the culture of rebellion. This chapter focuses on the issues of the Rohom women, their ways and perception of life and freedom, and faith, as well as gender perspectives of the Roho people.

Keywords: Roho women; exploitation; oppression; rebellion; quiet obedience

Chapter.  16227 words. 

Subjects: Christianity

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