Ghosts of Kanungu Fertility Secrecy Exchange in the Great

On 17 March 2000 several hundred members of a charismatic Christian sect the Movement for the Restoration of the Ten Commandments of God MRTC burnt to death in the group's headquarters in the Southwest Ugandan village of Kanungu Days later the Ugandan police discovered a series of mass graves containing over 400 bodies on various other properties belonging to the sect Was this mass suicide or mass murder? Based on eight years of historical and ethnographic research Ghosts of Kanungu provides a comprehensive and scholarly account of the MRTC and of the events leading up to the inferno It argues that none of these events can be understood without reference to a broader social history of Southwestern Uganda during the twentieth century in which anti colonial movements Catholic White Fathers missionaries colonial relocation schemes the breakdown of the Ugandan state post war reconstruction the onset of HIVAIDS and the transformation of the regional Nyabingi fertility cult into a Marian church with worldwide connections all played their partOn 17 March 2000 several hundred members of a charismatic Christian sect the Movement for the Restoration of the Ten Commandments of God MRTC burnt to death in the group's headquarters in the Southwest Ugandan village of Kanungu Days later the Ugandan police discovered a series of mass graves containing over 400 bodies on various other properties belonging to the sect Was this mass suicide or mass murder? Based on eight years of historical and ethnographic research Ghosts of Kanungu provides a comprehensive and scholarly account of the MRTC and of the events leading up to the inferno It argues that none of these events can be understood without reference to a broader social history of Southwestern Uganda during the twentieth century in which anti colonial movements Catholic White Fathers missionaries colonial relocation schemes the breakdown of the Ugandan state post war reconstruction the onset of HIVAIDS and the transformation of the regional Nyabingi fertility cult into a Marian church with worldwide connections all played their partOn 17 March 2000 several hundred members of a charismatic Christian sect the Movement for the Restoration of the Ten Commandments of God MRTC burnt to death in the group's headquarters in the Southwest Ugandan village of Kanungu Days later the Ugandan police discovered a series of mass graves containing over 400 bodies on various other properties belonging to the sect Was this mass suicide or mass murder? Based on eight years of historical and ethnographic research Ghosts of Kanungu provides a comprehensive and scholarly account of the MRTC and of the events leading up to the inferno It argues that none of these events can be understood without reference to a broader social history of Southwestern Uganda during the twentieth century in which anti colonial movements Catholic White Fathers missionaries colonial relocation schemes the breakdown of the Ugandan state post war reconstruction the onset of HIVAIDS and the transformation of the regional Nyabingi fertility cult into a Marian church with worldwide connections all played their part