Alice Lakwena and the Holy Spirits

Alice Lakwena and the Holy Spirits

In August 1986, Alice Auma, a young Acholi woman in northern Uganda, proclaiming herself under the orders of a Christian spirit named Lakwena, raised an army called the “Holy Spirit Mobile Forces.” With it she waged a war against perceived evil, not only an external enemy represented by the National Resistance Army of the government, but internal enemies in the form of “impure” soldiers, witches, and sorcerers. She came very close to her goal of overthrowing… (more)

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Publisher: Ohio University Press (March 31, 2000)

Collection: Eastern African Studies

Page count: 224 pages

Language: English


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