Nomiya Luo Church: A gender analysis of the dynamics of an African Independent Church in Siaya district, Kenya, c.1907 to 1963
Ndeda, M. A. J.
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This paper explores the connections between gender and the independency Christian ideology in the formation of new social relations as well as affirmation of traditional relations of domination between men and women. To aid in the analysis of these issues a case study is used, that of the Nomiya Luo Church, whose history and tenets are discussed. This church developed within a semi patriarchal set up hence we analyse male dominance and its persistence in church. Some ofthe religious doctrines, beliefs and value systems and their impact on the roles and values concerning women are considered. Roles ofwomen in independent churches, the opportunities for leadership, their roles as healers and patients and in relation to their background and concerns of daily life are discussed. Moreover, as the rank and the file members of such movements, women also possess their own hidden sub-cultures and practices, which definitely influence the groups. The intention is to establish the gender roles and attitudes in this church.