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.

before the 19th century (Lepisa 1975). On the other hand, for the Mecha and Tulema Oromo the benevolent spirit manifests itself by 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

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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. (1975 EC) Hora: yäTurisem Mäseheb. Addis Zämän , 16 T

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topographies that afford humans access to the divine in the way Mircea Eliade (1957) describes. 3 Buli 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

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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. According to Diribi, this is an inspiring story that he heard from founding members of the

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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 and went to Hora Arsadi as a vocalist. 2 Kuma Idea. Interviewed by: Serawit B. Debele. (20

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(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 afforded me was the opportunity to observe the

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