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Origins and transformation of the Hamina

Abstract
The Hamina are a group of people who are practicing song-mendicancy in order to ward off debilitating physical impacts of leprosy coming down from a legendary leper ancestor. Leprosy is an age-old scourge of humanity with an unrestrained power of shaping human identities including identities in Ethiopia. Its age-old prevalence, mysterious pathology and dreadful physical impacts helped leprosy to secure a special place in the Ethiopian traditions throughout history. This paper intends to examine the social history of the Hamina with parallel evaluations of medical, social, economic, political and cultural changes that occurred in twentieth-century Ethiopia.

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Type
Journal Article
Author
Kebede MT
Year of Publication
2010
Journal
African Study Monographs
Volume
41
Issue
Suppl.
Number of Pages
63-79
Language
eng
Call Number
MESELE 2010
Publication Language
eng