In Search of the Debtera: An Intimate Narrative on Good and Evil in Ethiopia Today

In: Journal of Religion in Africa

Abstract

This article aims to illustrate through a social narrative the role and function of the debtera and their affiliation with the sacred and the profane in the Christian Orthodox regions of Ethiopia today. The article argues that though the debtera are subject to moral opprobrium, they are able to breach both the sacred and the profane because of their close relationship to knowledge and money.

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