The purpose of this book is to move towards a clearer understanding of the history of prophets within the region of East Africa, and to give an analytical account of the different forms prophecy has taken over the years from place to place. The book takes a new look at the active dialogue between the prophets and the communities whom they addressed. It suggests that this dialogue continues today as politicians and activists throughout the region still look to prophetic traditions, garnering interpretations of the past in order to provide the validation of prophetic wisdom and heroes for the present.
North America: Ohio U Press; Uganda: Fountain Publishers; Kenya: EAEP
Part 1 Prophetic idioms: Kidongoi's kin - prophecy and power in Maasailand, Richard D. Waller; fertility as power - spirit mediums, priestesses and the pre-colonial state, Iris Berger; the frontiers of prophecy - healing, the cosmos and Islam on the East African coast in the 19th century, David Sperling; modern Zande prophetesses, Margaret Buckner. Part 2 Colonial historiographies: Maji Maji - prophecy and historiography, Marcia Wright; the colonial control of spirit movements in Uganda, Holger Bernt Hansen; visions of the vanquished - prophets and colonialism in Kenya's western highlands, David M. Anderson. Part 3 Prophetic histories: the prophet Ngundeng and the battle of Pading - prophecy, symbolism and historical evidence, Douglas H. Johnson; "What is the world going to come to?" - prophecy and colonialism in central Kenya, Charles H. Ambler; prayers of Waiyaki, John Lonsdale.