ATR Basic Beliefs - people give their children names about...

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ATR Basic Beliefs Belief in a Supreme Being/ Uganda's Enkole : God as having three forms, referred to as brothers. One creates everything; one is associated with light; the third distributes the creations. Akan of Ghana : God is referred to with terms of respect as the ultimate elder or parent, the highest state of being. Yoruba people of Western Nigeria bear names such as Oluwabunmi, meaning "God gave me," or Obaseun, meaning "the king (God) has done well." These names highlight their belief in the single God (Olodumare), who rules over the universe. Olodumare, also known as Olorun, is the central force of the Yoruba traditional religion. He established the land and gave life. Belief in Divinities/ancestor spirits/ Yoruba and Fon : lesser divinities (or Orisas) which relate to the Supreme Being in a pantheon similar to what is contained in the religion of the Greeks and Romans. Orisas are personified aspects of nature and/or ancestral spirits and are said to have materialized from the Supreme Being (Olodumare). The Yoruba
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Unformatted text preview: people give their children names about belief in divinities: Orisafemi, "the deities like me"; Ifaseyi, "Ifa (the oracle or divinity of wisdom) made this (one)"; Ogunwale, "Ogun (the Yoruba god of justice) has come home." Zulu of South Africa : a ceremony takes place about a year after the death of a parent, wherein the deceased parent becomes a "guardian spirit" and an intermediary with God. Akan : ancestorhood is seen as the natural resolution of a proper and moral human existence, the result of a long and productive life. Belief in life after death/ Yoruba: there is the existence of the spiritual realm in which the ancestors and other spirits reside. Can be gleaned from their personal names (Yetunde, "mother has returned home"; Babawale, "father has come home"), and song lines: When you get to heaven don't eat bugs, don't eat worms/Whatever they eat in heaven is what you should eat with them...
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This note was uploaded on 05/26/2011 for the course AFST 2100 taught by Professor Ojo during the Spring '10 term at University of Georgia Athens.

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