The concept of peace in the Oromo ‘gadaa’ system: its mechanisms and moral dimensions

The Oromo of Ethiopia maintain that ‘nagaa’ (peace) is the essential key to all cosmic and human order. The Oromo concept and practice of peace is based on traditional values and beliefs anchored in the ‘gadaa’, the Oromo politico-military and ritual system. Within the context of an ongoing philosophical discourse on morality amidst social and political change, this paper explores both the Oromo concept of peace and the mechanisms used to make, restore, maintain and promote peace. The last section critically assesses the applicability of the Oromo concept of peace and its mechanisms of peacemaking to 21st-century situations. Notes, ref. [ASC Leiden abstract]

Title: The concept of peace in the Oromo ‘gadaa’ system: its mechanisms and moral dimensions
Author: Dewo, Tenna
Year: 2008
Periodical: The journal of Oromo studies
Volume: 15
Issue: 1
Pages: 139-179
Language: English
Geographic term: Ethiopia
Abstract: The Oromo of Ethiopia maintain that ‘nagaa’ (peace) is the essential key to all cosmic and human order. The Oromo concept and practice of peace is based on traditional values and beliefs anchored in the ‘gadaa’, the Oromo politico-military and ritual system. Within the context of an ongoing philosophical discourse on morality amidst social and political change, this paper explores both the Oromo concept of peace and the mechanisms used to make, restore, maintain and promote peace. The last section critically assesses the applicability of the Oromo concept of peace and its mechanisms of peacemaking to 21st-century situations. Notes, ref. [ASC Leiden abstract]