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In Locating Politics in Ethiopia's Irreecha Ritual Serawit Bekele Debele gives an account of politics and political processes in contemporary Ethiopia as manifested in the annual ritual performance. Mobilizing various sources such as archives, oral accounts, conversations, videos, newspapers, and personal observations, Debele critically analyses political processes and how they are experienced, made sense of and articulated across generational, educational, religious, gender and ethnic differences as well as political persuasions. Moreover, she engages Irreecha in relation to the hugely contested meaning making processes attached to the Thanksgiving ritual which has now become an integral part of Oromo national identity.

possessing the Qallu/Qalliti (Knutson 1967, H. Lewis 1982, Serawit 2009). There is significant scholarship that attests to the fact that these sub-branches of the Oromo have been revering the spirits for centuries as part of their commitment to Waaqa and with the belief that the spirits are delegated by him

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permission by the security guards to enter the compound to do more archival research. 2 For more on this see Caalaa (2013). 3 Kebede Tikse. Interviewed by: Serawit B. Debele. (16 March 2013). 4 Ayele Kidane. (1957 EC) Yädäberäzäitu Bäal Täkäbärä. Addis Zämän , 22 Mäskäräm, p. 2. 5 Deneke Berhanu

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Edjeta Jobir. (2016) Into the heart of Irreecha. Addis Standard , October, p. 14. 4 Nagasa Nagawo. Interviewed by: Serawit B. Debele. (25 November 2012). 5 Nagasa Nagawo. Interviewed by: Serawit B. Debele. (25 November 2012). 6 Time in the context of Irreecha makes sense if connected to Walter

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MTA got involved in for the brief years it was active. 4 Diribi Demissie. Interviewed by: Serawit B. Debele. (20 October 2013). 5 Diribi does not remember, and perhaps even those who shared the story with him, so many details as to when and where this happened, but only the gist of the event

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paradoxes and contradictions of political processes and relations of power in Ethiopia, one could simply look at the Irreecha celebration at Hora Arsadi as a microcosm. 1 Angatu Tadese. Interviewed by: Serawit B. Debele. (16 February 2017). Angatu was one of the youngest members of the music group

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was, as I discuss in detail elsewhere (Serawit 2016). I have observed what happens at Hora Arsadi on ordinary days as well as during the annual celebration of Irreecha, and I was able to trace event-specific patterns and explanations thereof (Kawulich 2005). Above all, what participant observation

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Press. Scott, James C. (1990) Domination and the Arts of Resistance: Hidden Transcripts. New Haven, Yale University Press. Serawit B. Debele. (2009) Hybridization and Coexistence of Qallu Cabsa Institution with Orthodox Christianity in Debre Libanos Area. MA thesis. Addis Ababa University. 203

published in this series are listed at brill.com/sra Locating Politics in Ethiopia’s Irreecha Ritual By Serawit Bekele Debele LEIDEN | BOSTON Cover illustration: Women preparing to trek to the sacred lake of Arsadi for the celebration of Irreecha. Photograph by the author. The Library of Congress