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Title:The persistent theme of the Great Rising: Witbooi leaders and Rhenish missionaries
Author:Kössler, ReinhartISNI
Periodical:Journal - Namibia Scientific Society (ISSN 1018-7677)
Notes:biblio. refs., ills.
Geographic terms:Namibia
Southern Africa
Herero revolt
History, Archaeology
Rheinische Missionsgesellschaft
Race discrimination
Intergroup relations
Witbooi, Hendrik, d. 1905
Abstract:On 12 January, 1946, a group of Nama 'native collaborators' of the Rhenish Missionary Society (RMG) in southern Namibia adopted a paper summing up a number of grievances against the mission. This document was to prove the starting point for a development that resulted in the establishment of the first large church in Namibia led exclusively by black people. The so-called Witbooi group left the RMG, eventually to join the African Methodist Episcopal Church. The underlying and longer term problems of this event come out above all in the correspondence between the retired local missionary Christian Spellmeyer and leading Witbooi, mainly Petrus Jod and Markus Witbooi, during World War II. These documents are seen against the backdrop of the policy and attitude of the Rhenish mission in Namibia in general and in Gibeon in particular, mainly during the 1930s and 1940s. The communicative barriers that come to light have to be seen in the light of the continuing preoccupation on all sides with the experience of the great rising of 1904/1907. Bibliogr., notes, sum. in English and German. [Journal abstract, edited]