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Christianity and the Kikuyu

Religious Divisions and Social Conflict


David P. Sandgren

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.
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.