Unformatted text preview: based on black knowledge. Just after the baby is born, he or she is sheltered in the mother’s hut in order to avoid contact with bad jinn or witchcraft. However, the ceremony is much more traditional, Koran-based and held by an imam. Overall, this tradition combines both the mystical, spiritual elements of black knowledge with the traditional, Koran-based aspects of white knowledge. The circumcision of African boys is also an example of an aspect of the religious culture that combines traditional and non-traditional knowledge. The ceremony itself derives little from traditional Islam, but it is required in most of Senegal in order for a boy to “embrace the Muslim religion.” I think Cheikh Hamidou Kane sums up the religious mindset of most Senegalese people when he says, “If Islam should appear to me, by whatever trait, to be in contradiction with the African personality, I would prefer ‘to forget’ for the present this discord.”...
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This note was uploaded on 11/12/2009 for the course AFRI 190 taught by Professor Seck during the Spring '09 term at UNC.
- Spring '09