The Ireclza Ritual Its Significance And Value Among The Oroitio People The Case Of Bishoftu And Surroundings

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This study deals IVith th ' Ire h I ritual, it ' 'i 'ni Icance alld vallie (11110 11 Ih romo p lople, withrnparticular reJerence to Bi 'ho tu and the 'uJ'l'oundings, ~f(lny studies have dealt with the 1'011'10rnculture, but only aJeIV looked at th purpo 'e ' and the 'igni i 'lI1ces () the Irecha ritual and whatrnthose who praclice it contribute to the wid r society. The ocus 0 ' IIii' Ihe i i an altempt 10 illrnthis gap, The research was condllcled at Bisho tu town, but 1II0st 0 'the participant Ire rom thernrural areas oj Ada 'a di 'trict, Thus, the inJormantsJrolll Jour ru/'([I p 'a ant a 'sociations 'uch asrnGolbich I, Qurqura Dembi, Udee and Garbi 'ha are included. The data are galheredJrom a totalrnoj 3-1 selected elders, Jarmer ', Abba Gada Tulama (leaders oJ God I Tulama), members oJGadarnTulama, Ind workers oj BishoJtu town and the Ae/a '0 DistricI Admin istration ClIllure andrnTourism Bureau, and BishoJtu lOIVn dIVeller ', There Ivas olso 0 (jue.l'lionn lire distributed to ondrnfilled by BishoJtu town dIVeller ' that served in the colleclion OJe/CIIo. The inJormants IVere bothrnmale and Jemale as well asJrom varied religious and oge groups, 11 qualitative reseorch methodrnVas employed with a minor usage oj a quantitative one, ond tlie quolitative data were gatheredrnthrough observation, focus group discussions, key in/ol'lllOnts ' interviews, and inJormalrnconversations, Secondary sources and profiles oj Ihe study s ites Fom the Ada 'a District andrnBishoJtu Town Adlll inistl'Otions were also obtained. The findillgs oj the thesis revealed that thernIrecha ritual is pel/orll1ed Jor different pUlposes: religiolls, cullllral and lor both. The m linrnpUipose oJthe lrecllO ritllal is thanksgiving and praying to Waqo, lJesides this, the Irecha MaIkarnritual is also celebl'Cited as a 'rite oJpassage 'Jrom the dark SUlllili er season to the bright autuml/rnseason and also JrO Il1 the old year to the New Year, Each octil'ity perJormed in the ritualrncelebration has its Olvn .sYll1bolic representations attached to it by the traditional custom ' oj thern01'01110 people, These .sYlllbolic events might get their meaning ll'ithill this community. The Irecharnritual celebration at Hora Arsadi contributes to the Oroll lO COIIIIJI//Ility as a cultural promotion,rnstrengthening their unity, increasing the income oJthe area, and it creates a good opportunity torndeclare and practice the indigenous Im lls that are the pillor 0/ ti,e exi tence oj the society. Thernpolitical domination thaI Jaced the Oromo people under Ihe pOSI regimes contribuled milch 10 thernweakening oj Ihe lrecha rit ual. Ilowever, parts oj Ihe indigellolls clillure are being revil'ed, blltrnwith some changes in their practices and pwposes, Yet, there is the good IV ill oJthe yO/lfh grulljJsrnto rejuvenate the indigenous rit uals, including lrecha.

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The Ireclza Ritual Its Significance And Value Among The Oroitio People The Case Of Bishoftu And Surroundings

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