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Bayudaya (Luganda, ‘the Jews’). An African community in E. Uganda, officially known as ‘The Propagation of Judaism in Uganda—Moses Synagogue’. The founder, Semei Kakungulu (?1850s–1928), was an outstanding Ganda political and military leader who became a Protestant in the 1880s, but when disappointed in not being made Kabaka (‘king’), he turned to religion and joined the semi-Christian, anti-medicine Bamalaki movement which had Judaic features. After deep study he took the Old Testament literally and left in 1919 to form his own Bayudaya movement which insisted on circumcision, the biblical festivals, and ritual slaughter.

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