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Christian salvation and Luo tradition: Arguments of faith in a time of death in western Kenya

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This chapter begins from the heated debates between Saved Christians and traditionalists about widow inheritance in order to examine the complex relationships between tradition, Salvation and AIDS in western Kenya. In order to understand the heated arguments between Saved Christians and traditionalists about the death of today in general, and about widow inheritance in particular, the chapter explores how these different pathways propose radically different ways of life. It presents the stories of three widows in Uhero. The chapter then examines in more detail the polarity between Salvation and tradition. It explores their respective beliefs and practices, their histories and their social dynamics. Finally, the chapter examines the negotiations and compromises between Saved and traditional pathways in the context of the death of today, as people strive for growth and life.

Keywords: AIDS; Christian Salvation; Luo traditions; Uhero; Western Kenya; widow inheritance



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