Dr. Sandgren, drawing heavily upon oral evidence, reveals that the twentieth century Kikuyu encounter with Christianity produced a series of religious and culturally based conflicts, which in time caused deep, serious, and irreconcilable divisions in their society. At the center of these conflicts were the differing and increasingly antagonistic points of view that grew among three groups: missionaries of the Africa Inland Mission (AIM), the
Aregi or those who refused to accept AIM authority and the
Kirore loyalists to the mission. By mid-century, these conflicts, central to the Kikuyu society, played a role in the Mau Mau rebellion.
New York, Bern, Frankfurt/M., Paris, 1989. XIII, 201 pp.
Contents: Christianity and Colonialism Among the Kikuyu to 1920 - Mission Control and Out-Station Autonomy - Female Circumcision
Crisis - Aregi Exodus - Independent Churches and Schools - The Arathi - The Kirore Revolt.