The Source for this paper is: Priests, Witches, and Power: Popular Christianity after Mission in Southern Tanzania, By Maia Green
It must discuss the Pogoro Life-cycle events and how specific events relate to christian ideas and or practices.
The Pogoro Tribe
The Pogoro people are Bantus and known for their agricultural practices in southwestern part of central Tanzania. Administratively, the Pogoro lives in the District of Ulanga and has an estimated population of 90, 000 people (Green 14). The Pogoro people represent the largest single ethnic group in Ulanga district and occupy the Kilombero plains and Mahenge Highlands. Other tribes living in the district include the Ngoni, Ndamba, Ngindo, Vidabaga, and Bena (Green 16). These ethnic groups in Ulanga speak similar language under the category of Bantu. The communities had shared cultural background since the eighteenth century. The share cultural practices explain the large appeal of the Majimaji rebellion movement against the German settlers (Green 12). The Pogoro and the other tribes practice various witchcraft suppression movements.
The Pogoro people are ostentatiously followers of the Roman Catholic (Green 15). The women and girls wear rosaries beads and medallions of the Virgin Mother Mary. The Pogoro doorways are decorated with dried and yellowed palm branches. On Sundays (Dominica as widely Known), the town is busy with people going to and from churches. The churches are full to capacity during the morning services or masses. The Catholic greeting includes ‘Tumsifu Yesu Kristu’ (Praise be to Jesus Christ)phrase. The Mahenge town and the surrounding villages are in Kwiro parish. The parish has an estimated 16,000 people and only 4,000 are not Catholics. There are an estimated 2,000 Muslims in Mahenge Town (Green 15).
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