Pilgrimages and Sycretism: Religious Transformation among the Arsi Oromo of Ethiopia

Researcher:

Dr. Gemechu Jemal Geda

Research Area:

A


Indigenous religio-cultural beliefs and practices in Ethiopia in general and among the Arsi Oromo in particular are more or less still neglected topics and our knowledge is still at its infancy. The Indigenous religio-cultural beliefs and practices of the Oromo such as Waaqeffannaa, Atete, Fachasa, Jaarii, Raaguu and Mooruu, which had been there long before the spread of Islam in Arsi suffer from a greater lack of attention.

 

This project therefore specifically aims to explore:

-   The above mentioned and other important Indigenous religio-cultural beliefs and practices of the Arsi Oromo

-   Syncretism between the indigenous religio-cultural beliefs and practices of the Arsi Oromo and other religions, mainly Islam as the dominant religion in the area.

 

Virtually, there is no groundbreaking work focusing on indigenous religio-cultural beliefs and practices of the Arsi Oromo and the syncretism that existed. Indigenous religio-cultural beliefs and practices of the Oromo were so far mentioned in the study of the Oromo as people or/and in the study of the other popular religions.

The project will draw on and contribute to the current literature in Anthropology, History, Ethnology, Cultural Studies, Religion and Oromo studies.