African Religions

African Religions - Religion and Politics in African...

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Religion and Politics in African Societies African Religions Religion central to peoples lives Majority now are Muslim or Christian, traditional religions have endured and still play a big role in peoples lives Runs through daily lives of Africans, prayers of gratitude, times of need Religion confirms identity on the individual and on the group Variety practiced on the continent o Share some common features Belief in one God above lesser gods Belief in ancestral spirits Idea of sacrifice, often involves death of living thing (animal) Need to undergo rights of passage Holistic approach: no lines or division between spiritual, natural, social or political world Elements of African Religions o Belief in supreme being o Pantheon of Gods o Lesser gods and spirits o Use of forces: charms, shrines, medicines, etc made to work on people’s behalf o Continuous harmony with nature o Origin traditions/myths as source of identity o Ancestor reverence o Evil and witchcraft as elements of religion
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This note was uploaded on 03/16/2011 for the course HUMN 007 taught by Professor Blyden during the Fall '10 term at GWU.

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