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Intervention of beliefs and practices in Ugo (divination) in African context: Case studying the Gô�?¬�?�?�?Kô�?¢�?ô�?·¥Yô�?¢�?ô�?·¥ Presbyterian Christians of Nyeri Presbytery, Kenya (1908 â�?�? 2008)


Hezekiah Murage Muraya, Grace Wamue-Ngare and Julius Gathogo

African world-view is controlled by some forces, which are believed to intervene in circumstances beyond human capability. Cultures, communities and religious institution in many occasions come into agreement of the existence of these supernatural powers. They however, differ greatly on their nature, concept and the manner in which they are consulted and incorporated in human affairs bringing about inconsistency in conviction and concerns of reliability. Thus, this study investigates beliefs and practices in ô�?¢�?ô�?·¥go (healing divinity) among the Presbyterian Christians in Nyeri presbytery. The result of this study is expected to resolve subject of dualism among the African Christians and bring about wholistic living in the Christian community. Guided by Horton’s theory of African religion as one of manipulation, and Niebuhr’s missiological model, the study adopted a descriptive survey to collect data from 382 respondents (364 church members, 6 pastors, 6 elders, 6 ago). The study employed systematic and multiple sampling techniques (purposive, stratified random, simple random and snowball) to determine and select the sample. The data were collected through observation, interview schedules and administering questionnaires to the respondents. Data was prepared for statistical analysis using Statistical Package for Social Sciences, means and percentages formed part of the descriptive statistics. The findings reveal that, the Gô�?¬�?�?�?kô�?¢�?ô�?·¥y ô�?¢�?ô�?·¥ believed in ô�?¢�?ô�?·¥go as key instrument through which God heals them. The Church of Scotland Mission on its onset among the Gô�?¬�?�?�?kô�?¢�?ô�?·¥yô�?¢�?ô�?·¥ community denounced these practices terming them as devilish without logically evaluating the value they held in Gô�?¬�?�?�?kô�?¢�?ô�?·¥yô�?¢�?ô�?·¥ aspects of life. The imposed beliefs and practices as revealed in the study failed in offering complete physical and spiritual elements in solving problems hindering the wellbeing of the community. This resulted to Gô�?¬�?�?�?kô�?¢�?ô�?·¥yô�?¢�?ô�?·¥ PCEA Christians revert to ô�?¢�?ô�?·¥go in search of this spiritual elements a trend that continues to the present day. This scenario is spurred by the Gô�?¬�?�?�?kô�?¢�?ô�?·¥y ã�?°ô�?·¦ PCEA Christians understanding of health, illness and healing from African perspective that takes into account both physical and spiritual aspects. This brings about the evidence of religious dualism among Gô�?¬�?�?�?kô�?¢�?ô�?·¥yô�?¢�?ô�?·¥ PCEA Christians. The study recommends inculturation procedure whereby Gô�?¬�?�?�?kô�?¢�?ô�?·¥yô�?¢�?ô�?·¥′ô�?¢�? culture elements in tandem with biblical teaching are incorporated into Christianity and those incompatible are replaced. The integration and the replacement help in enriching the mission Christianity, therefore as a result, overcoming dualism.

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