In the village that we’ll be spending 3 days in, Ogongora, Tearfund works with Pentecostal Assemblies of God (PAG) as a partner church, so I went off to the Bradt Guide (2004) to see what it says about Ugandan religion:
Some 85% of Ugandans are Christian, divided roughly equally between the Protestant Church of Uganda (an offshoot of the Church of England) and the Roman Catholic Church. In most rural areas, these exotic religions have not entirely replaced traditional beliefs, so that many people practice both concurrently. Roughly 11% of Uganda is Islamic, a legacy of the Arab trade with Buganda in the late 19th century. There is little or no friction between Christian and Muslim in modern Uganda. Although the country’s Asian population was forced into exile by Amin in 1972, many individuals, both Islamic and Hindu, have been repatriated since 1986. The main centre of animism is the northeast, where the Karimmojong – like the affiliated Maasai and other Rift Valley pastoralists – largely shun any exotic faith in favour of their own traditional beliefs.
See the ‘PAG’ blog – need a little updating!
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