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Title:The Divinity among the Lugbara
Author:Dalfovo, Albert T.ISNI
Periodical:Journal of Religion in Africa
Geographic terms:Congo (Democratic Republic of)
Subjects:African religions
Peoples of Africa (Ethnic Groups)
Religion and Witchcraft
External link:https://www.jstor.org/stable/1581561
Abstract:This is a mainly linguistic analysis of the terms used to designate the divinity among the Lugbara, who live in northwestern Uganda and northeastern Congo (formerly Za´re). The author probes into the meaning of these terms both in their past and in their present context, highlighting their evolution and the endogenous and exogenous factors that have influenced it. The traditional terms referring to the divinity quoted in the literature on this subject are: 'Adro', 'Adroa', 'Adronga', 'Adrogo' and 'Adrogoa'. There appear to be some contrasting dualisms in meaning that touch on questions related to the nature of the divinity. These underlying dualisms - monism versus pluralism, immanence versus transcendence, good versus evil, divine versus ancestral veneration - prompted the early evangelizers to adopt a new name for 'their' divinity ('Mungu', borrowed from the Swahili language) and thus to bypass the dilemmas these dualisms posed. Subsequently, a blend of influences from within Lugbara society and from outside fostered a development around the traditional terms and meanings that enabled a return to the traditional terminology as, for example, in the case of 'Adro' the Creator. Notes, ref.