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Abayudaya

Encyclopedia of the Bible and its Reception

Aaron – Aniconism

Volume 1
Editor(s): Hans-Josef Klauck, Volker Leppin, Bernard McGinn, Choon-Leong Seow, Hermann Spieckermann, Barry Dov Walfish, Eric J. Ziolkowski
De Gruyter (Berlin, New York) 2012

“Abayudaya” is the word in Luganda (Uganda’s main language) for Jews or “those who belong to Judah.” It is a community of native Ugandans who adopted Judaism in 1919. Semei Kakungulu, an important political and military leader, had become disillusioned with British rule in Uganda and had drawn close to a breakaway Christian Protestant sect, the Malakites, who were known for their adherence to certain Old Testament practices such as the observance of the Sabbath. Kakungulu decided, after further…

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