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Spartas and the African Greek Orthodox Church

A more forward-looking movement than the Bamalaki was that begun by Reuben Mukasa Spartas, an Anglican educated at Budo. Reacting against Anglican paternalism, in 1929 he announced the establishment in Uganda of an Orthodox Church 'for all right thinking Africans, men who wish to be free in their own house, not always being thought of ...
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The Bamalaki

Joswa Kate was the Mugema, the head of the Nkima (Monkey) clan. In 1914 he and his clansman Malaki Mussajjakaawa broke away from the Anglican Church. The chance of immediate baptism was largely responsible for the rapid growth of the movement, which consequently acquired the nickname Diini ya Layisi (religion on the cheap). Behind the ...
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The periphery of Uganda

By 1914 only three areas of Uganda were practically untouched by missionary work: West Nile, Kigezi and Karamoja. In the case of West Nile and Kigezi this was largely because they were late additions to colonial Uganda. For the Catholics, the White Fathers naturally extended their work to include Kigezi, and the Verona Fathers to ...
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Christianity in Northern Uganda

In the North, the first Ugandan evangelists were Banyoro or Lwo who had spent time in Bunyoro such as the Alur Sira Dongo. Christianity did not put down strong roots in the North. Rwot (chief) Awic, of the Payira clan, invited missionaries to Acoli in 1903 but didn’t even have interest. On the other hand, ...
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Christianity in Eastern Uganda

Eastern Uganda lacked the cultural cohesiveness and large-scale kingdoms of Buganda and western Uganda. In fact small-scale politics and cultural and linguistic diversity were the most obvious characteristics of the area, which included a wide variety of Bantu societies (Basoga, Bagwere, Banyole, Bamasaba) as well as Jopadhola (Luo speakers) and Iteso. For most of the ...
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Christianity in Western Uganda

In Toro Christianity came as part of an attempt by Kasagama to recreate the kingdom of his father; in Bunyoro as a response to military defeat and devastation; in Ankole as part of the Mugabe's aggrandizement of influence, assisted or rather, promoted by the ambitious Enganzi, Nuwa Mbaguta. In Bunyoro it produced an explosive situation ...
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The Spread of Christianity in Uganda

The British needed local collaboration to make their occupation of Uganda effective and cheap (financial economy was always a prime consideration for the British!) The British regarded the civilization of Buganda as superior to anything else available in Uganda; and the acceptance of Christianity and literacy enhanced that superiority. The Baganda benefited from their relationship with ...
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The arrival of Christian missionaries, 1877

Because Kabaka Muteesa I was tired of the situation regarding slate trade, it seemed that Islam had not solved his problems. In this effect, he wrote a letter to the Daily Telegraph inviting missionaries to Buganda. The letter did produce a speedy response in Britain. The Anglican Church Missionary Society (CMS) hastily assembled a band ...
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Islam in Uganda

For ten years from 1867 to 1876, Kabaka Muteesa strongly supported the work of Islam in Buganda, learnt some Arabic, attended and even led prayers in a mosque built at the lubiiri (court), and ordered the observation of the Ramadhan fast. But by 1876 this basis for the encouragement of Islam was being undermined by ...
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History of Modern Religions in Uganda

Buganda in the 19th Century Christianity came late to Uganda compared with many other parts of Africa. Missionaries first arrived at the court of Kabaka Muteesa I in 1877 which about century after the missionary movement from Europe had begun.  It is interested that within 25 years, Uganda had become one of the most successful mission ...
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