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Alice Lakwena & the Holy Spirits: War in Northern Uganda, 1985-97 (Eastern African Studies)

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In August 1986, Alice Auma, a young Acholi woman in northern Uganda, proclaiming herself under the orders of a Christian spirit named Lakwena, raised an army called the “Holy Spirit Mobile Forces.” With it she waged a war against perceived evil, not only an external enemy represented by the National Resistance Army of the government, but internal enemies in the form of “impure” soldiers, witches, and sorcerers. She came very close to her goal of overthrowing the government but was defeated and fled to Kenya.

This book provides a unique view of Alice's movement, based on interviews with its members and including their own writings, examining their perceptions of the threat of external and internal evil. It concludes with an account of the successor movements into which Alice's forces fragmented and which still are active in the civil wars of the Sudan and Uganda.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780821413104
Preface:
Middleton, John
Translator:
Cohen, Mitch
Translator:
Cohen, Mitch
Preface by:
Middleton, John
Preface:
Middleton, John
Author:
Behrend, Heike
Publisher:
Ohio University Press
Subject:
Africa
Subject:
Sociology of Religion
Subject:
Ethnic & Tribal
Subject:
Uganda
Subject:
Religion
Subject:
Spiritualism
Subject:
Africa - General
Subject:
Social history
Subject:
Acoli (African people) - Religion
Subject:
Religion and politics -- Uganda.
Subject:
World History-Africa
Edition Description:
1
Series:
Eastern African Studies
Publication Date:
20000331
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
224
Dimensions:
8.88x5.65x.94 in. .89 lbs.

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