Field and river

20th International Conference of Ethiopian Studies (ICES20)
Mekelle University, Ethiopia

"Regional and Global Ethiopia - Interconnections and Identities"
1-5 October, 2018

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[PANEL] 0519 ENTANGLED HISTORIES AND TRADITIONS: ETHIOPIA AND THE WORLD - ETHIOPIAN IMAGINATIONS OUTSIDE ETHIOPIA

Organizers:

Zara POGOSSIAN, Ruhr-Universit├Ąt Bochum, Germany
Verena KREBS, Ruhr-Universit├Ąt Bochum, Germany
Wolbert G. C. SMIDT, Research Centre Gotha, Erfurt University, Germany / PhD Programme History and Cultural Studies, Mekelle University, Ethiopia

Paper presenters:

Mwangi Nixon NJAU

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THE USE AND MISUSE OF RASTAFARIAN IDENTITY BY VIGILANTE GROUPS, THE CASE OF MUNGIKI IN KENYA [Abstract ID: 0519-01]

Mwangi Nixon NJAU, Egerton University, Kenya

Rastafarianism has established itself as a contemporary popular movement that unifies the black race across the globe. The identities shared are carried through arts, colors, language, hair style and a common belief, among others. These identities however have been used and misused by a Kenyan vigilante group popularly known as Mungiki. The paper explores how the vigilante group has used and /or misused aspects of Rastafarian identities. It also interrogates how the use of such identities has shaped people's opinion about Rastafarianism in Kenya. Further, the paper examines the divergent point between the Rastafarian movement and the vigilante group.