0000002216 00000 n Archived from the original on 2013-05-10. True. Also, in the expression of the indigenous African religious faith, prominence is given to rituals, worship and the offering of sacrifices. It is essentially a postcolonial approach to what AIR and its essential characteristics is: God and humanity, sacrifices, afterlife and ancestors. 35 0 obj <> endobj They echoed the fact that “Africans had known God before the missionaries came” (Ray XI). The email address and/or password entered does not match our records, please check and try again. First, most African religions believe in the existence of one God. The Mijikenda offer sacrifices and prayers in holy shrines in the Kaya forests. Oftentimes, these are done through gods, deities and spirits. H�tTQo�8~ϯ�G���6���t��z��骰O�}� M�&Pi�?i��m�z�w�6�|�}3�Y]���r�*Kʧg�����W\rLRH����Pv�����`(�)��~c���C�8�n݊����aD0�](PWa���0�4�Y������?=���Bq���}������ڥ�]m쭤l@����5� ���[y�Ȝ��$��%$��X[ yJ�=�d")�'yS*�����4��„�uĕdKp���4��/�*M��K�pN�>'[®5�L%_U!�D��&JF�n�e(xj[��|�3T�N �� �dz4��,�����$h���W������� �l�fN�1��/_>؅��ug����.��U��%��b�r��9�Ԡ3�[�|z$*�v�{���*����-]㠰\5��F������»W�JPC�4:�2��I��RH��B@z���VibO�Θ�s��'�){��h���4f0uU����tf��4�?uƖ!�H�t��جm���U;Jn�� ]}0{Ӟzh��=�{kL|w��7�Z�Ԡ�=�l�)>��W����5-^���RJ&�n!R�B�F���M��N�\V��������7ܶ�CX?��rW�}�����R������wu)�}�>�1���Ye�A+j�p�?i�1�o��V�1v�D�S�N]�-�& ñnh����ˁҗ-S~����M�N;���4��z3|�0���B�~�����" The traditional belief systems, spirituality and faith of West African peoples has been described in more or less disparaging terms over the course of history, broad terms that fail to reflect the complexity and depth of these beliefs: “paganism”, “animism”, “ancestor-worship”, “idolatry”, “fetishism”, “heathenism”, etc. African Creator Gods seem to follow a distinctive pattern — they are all extremely dissatisfied with their creations. 0000003475 00000 n Attributes of God (Supreme Being) in Africa: Attributes of God refers to words or phrases ascribing traits, properties, qualities or characteristics to the 0000007796 00000 n Samuel, Vinay & Chris Sugden (eds.) Find out about Lean Library here, If you have access to journal via a society or associations, read the instructions below. centre (Introduction to African Religions, 41, 42). Contact us if you experience any difficulty logging in. 0000010304 00000 n Art and oracle: African art and rituals of divination. Nigerian American professor of indigenous African religions at Harvard University, ... Idowu, Bolaji, God in Yoruba Belief (Plainview: Original Publications, rev. Attempts to regain contact with their God by building a heavenly ladder are the subject of many an unhappy legend. 35 28 If you are, chances are you go to a church, mosque, or synagogue on a regular basis to be in the house of your God. where one’s family came from. 0000020466 00000 n H�lTM��6��W̑lV��[7�EEV9=p%�Ů% The humans are left to fend for themselves. A Reflection on Anglican Mission in Uganda & Karamoja‘, Paper given at Seminar on Imperial History in the University of Durham 22.5.89. Members of _ can log in with their society credentials below, Transformation: An International Journal of Holistic Mission Studies, Ben Knighton is Registrar and Research Tutor at the Oxford Centre for Mission Studies. (, Beattie, J.H.M. Before the WCC’s eighth Assembly in Harare, "Land and Spirituality: The African Context" was the theme chosen for the workshop -- the same theme used in Karasjok, Norway. To us it was foolish. Some of the content of these ceremonies and rituals are secret, which combined with an oral rather than written tradition made them especially vulnerable to change over … is separated from humanity & used to live with humans in an earthly paradise . Mbiti regards African Traditional Religion(s) (ATR(s)) as monotheism and as a praeparatio evangelica, and maintains that the Christian God is the same as the God worshipped in ATR(s). That is a beautiful picture of women in African society. Most indigenous African societies believe in a single creator god (Chukwu, Nyame, Olodumare, Ngai etc.). He was not without his critics. Access to society journal content varies across our titles. False T/F: Most African indigenous religions are anthropocentric, which means that they recognize humanity as the center of the cosmos. and enlarged ed., 1995) LaGamma, Alisa (2000). Indigenous African Religions. Most of the "traditional" groups of people living in South Africa arrived here from West and Central Africa about 1 500 years ago. View or download all content the institution has subscribed to. Benson (eds.) Knighton, B.P. The meaning of God in an African Traditional Religion and the meaninglessness of well-meaning mission The experience of Christian enculturation in Karamoja, Uganda Ben Knighton Ben Knighton is Registrar and Research Tutor at the Oxford Centre for Mission Studies Keywords: Culture, traditional religion The study of God in culture What can 'God' mean in a context? The world has wickedly downgraded and classified the African indigenous belief as Paganism, Satanism, Occult, Cult, Idol worshipping, and others. JO: Indigenous African religions refer to the indigenous or native religious beliefs of the African people before the Christian and Islamic colonization of Africa. Most African indigenous religions have emphatic teachings about salvation and the afterlife. Followers of traditional African religions are also found around the world. This article concerned itself with the modern encounter between Christianity and African Indigenous Religion (AIR) in Africa. Religion in Africa. True. endstream endobj 36 0 obj<> endobj 37 0 obj<> endobj 38 0 obj<>/ProcSet[/PDF/Text]/ExtGState<>>> endobj 39 0 obj<> endobj 40 0 obj<> endobj 41 0 obj<> endobj 42 0 obj<> endobj 43 0 obj<> endobj 44 0 obj<> endobj 45 0 obj<> endobj 46 0 obj<> endobj 47 0 obj<> endobj 48 0 obj<>stream Only by giving a belief system a proper name can a comprehensive, complex theology and cosmology emerge, along with a mor… Both religions derive culture forms from foreign to Africa and any attempt for an African State to align itself with one or other may be construed negatively in AFRICA. GOD IN AFRICAN TRADITION African religious followers mostly adhere to the same faith about God like the Islamic and Christian concept of monotheism, but holding their own way of practicing rituals. This misunderstanding continued until indigenous African scholars like John S. Mbiti and E. Bolaji Idowu, in 1970s and 1980s, set out to refute some of the erroneous claims about African religions. They are like indigenous African religions in that they are preoccupied with healing. Swaziland. Over 40% of the population is affiliated to the Protestant and indigenous African churches. For over 40 years, Associate Professor Robert Baum has shuttled between the U.S. and West Africa, learning and writing about religious prophets in rural southern Senegal. View or download all the content the society has access to. These spirits are similar to the angels and demons of Christianity, Islam, and Judaism. Most of them were Bantu -speaking people and were the ancestors of many South Africans, especially the Nguni groups like the Zulu and Xhosa. 0000008650 00000 n The concerns for health, wealth, and procreation are very central to the core of African religions. He in African tradiional religion in Ghana’, HTS Teologiese further argues that the term ‘African traditional medicine’ is not synonymous with ‘alternative Studies/Theological Studies and complimentary medicine’. Traditional African religion and culture is passed on from parents to children through stories. startxref Indigenous African religions are by nature plural, varied, and usually informed by one’s ethnic identity, where one’s family came from in Africa. African Traditional Religion, African Indigenous Religion and African Traditional Religions are all common terms used to discuss the faiths found within of Africa. the 7th century. New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art. There are arguably several religions in this category. OLUPONA: Indigenous African religions refer to the indigenous or native religious beliefs of the African people before the Christian and Islamic colonization of Africa. Christianity in Africa arrived in Egypt in the middle of the 1st century. Create a link to share a read only version of this article with your colleagues and friends. Traditional Kikuyu religion states that Mount Kenya is God’s abode. The African indigenous peoples accommodated the immigration of Westerners of different religious backgrounds who came to change their lives (Alie, 1990: 101-111). Belief in a supreme being is universal among most of the over sixty peoples of Africa. In contrast to the major monotheistic (believing in one god) religions, African indigenous religions tend to believe that God, after creating the world, withdrew and is not involved in the day-to-day affairs of humans. (T or F?) 0000000856 00000 n Lienhardt (eds.) Multireligious Responses to Globalization in East Africa: Karomojong and Agĩkũy... Anthropological Perspectives on Transformational Development, Issues of African Theology at the turn of the Millennium. 0000040535 00000 n x�b```���� ��ea�� �wJ��fcg�c{ȶ���u�6�� �eQ�sS�V��,���9u�L���\�'�A���J\�ӽ,BfF^)>� ���VFt�H 6�@��1�7��bi��?�9��+d���4,c�cra`0H=pޱ���� ��,���d��dL`*��K��1g5�N �b%�� � �_� �t?p In many African myths, the High God. (1989b), ‘Missionaries of Empire? Muslims, predominately ethnic Somalis, have in recent times complained of being targets of government-directed extra-judicial killings, arbitrary arrest, detention, an… Heinemann [1969] (1990). West African Religion revolves around one core, unique Supreme Being; a single, distant God, who is credited with creating the world either him/herself or delegating that task to lesser divinities. The African Indigenous Churches were the first to build the bridge between primal religion and African Christianity by appropriating resources from the gospel to deal with this typical African religious practice. That is why Monotheistic God appears to them with all possible qualities a God can be attributed to. ����sEY�u��}g]/"NrSe�e�^�P/ac�ug�%�*sp�N��` �i� The Role of Women in African Traditional Religion INTRODUCTION A proverb from Ghana declares that: A woman is a flower in a garden; her husband is the fence around it'." African Religions and Philosophy. Login failed. One certainly cannot speak of "African religion" as if it was a single, coherent set of beliefs. While ATRs are varied in their attitudes towards any subject, generally speaking we did not find points of contention with others over religion. Ben Knighton is Registrar and Research Tutor at the Oxford Centre for Mission Studies See all articles by this author. Platvoet, J. , J. Cox , & J. Olupona (eds.) Many African religions teach that everyday human life is influenced or even controlled by gods or other supernatural beings. Ben Knighton. 0000019747 00000 n The meaning of God in an African Traditional Religion and the meaninglessness of well-meaning mission: The experience of Christian enculturation in Karamoja, Uganda Show all authors. (. We had the case of the local indigenous religions, as it were – you could be in Africa, you could be in Asia, you could be in Latin America – but we’re increasingly seeing the globalisation of indigenous religions as well. African religions - African religions - Mythology: In African oral cultures, myths embody philosophical reflections, express values, and identify moral standards. This essay looks at the phenomenon in primal religion, African Indigenous Churches (AICs), the older or Classical Pentecostalism, and contemporary Pentecostal movements. The Constitution of Kenya, along with other laws of Kenya, prohibits the discrimination of people because of their religious beliefs and protects their religious freedoms. z��Q;�8 �)0vӉFeQA�I�4�j��P�o}� ��;T�)+I�U'o�����OO=R��Y�[��ا��� D�˺+B�R��$I?i�Ո4d���5@�0��;�a4o&�,� �:�e�1~5Y�k.��1^��H� 85�`�N�4��6��GR�K�'�;f�}ɮ0)�)^oP�f�7S���6�2�֜������ (1983). In African religions, the world of the spirits and the world of humans are believed to be closely intertwined. Google Scholar %PDF-1.4 %���� He revised the book to include the role of women in religion. God has no beginning, period of growth, old age, or end. 0000001248 00000 n %%EOF 0000001555 00000 n 2?��ͼyd�����ˎ9��_�7�׳���&k�`g��v�w-����,y�@S��+����aNJ( (1989a), ‘The Source of the Authority of the Church in Karamoja, Uganda’, Paper given at Ecclesiology Seminar in the University of Durham 2.2.89. Nature as a gift from God to be used in harmony with the web of life . Possession beliefs exist only among followers of indigenous religions in Africa, not among Muslims and Christians in Africa. 0000002926 00000 n Gitari, David M. & G.P. Okot p’Bitek, his colleague at Makerere University, Kampala, Uganda in the 1960s, railed against the making of African spiritual beings into a God with Christian attributes. An African religion scholar J.S Mbiti analyses and gives a deeper insight into the prayer, worship and spirituality of African religion. African Writers Series. For more information view the SAGE Journals Sharing page. The rapid growth of many religions in Africa and the revival of AIR in postcolonial Africa have made inter-religious dialogue an urgent necessity. While ATRs are varied in their attitudes towards any subject, generally speaking we did not find points of contention with others over religion. Search Google Scholar for this author. In traditional African societies, nature was regarded as a gift by a supreme Creator God for the benefit of humanity who believed that mankind was created at the centre of the universe. I have read and accept the terms and conditions, View permissions information for this article, Click the button below for the full-text content, 24 hours online access to download content. They have replaced indigenous African religions, but are often adapted to African cultural contexts and belief systems. The category of African indigenous religion refers to cultural, religious or spiritual manifestations indigeneous to the continent of Africa. Indigenous African religious practises were based on oral traditions and on knowledge and customs which are passed on during a wide variety of ceremonies and rituals during rites of passage and a range of community events. 0000003944 00000 n 0000004241 00000 n Now, with a senior faculty grant and a Wilson Faculty Research Fellowship, he will embark on a huge undertaking: writing the first continent-wide history of African religion, with a focus on indigenous religions. African traditional medicine is the African indigenous system 71(3), … African beliefs in reincarnation differ from those of major Asian religions (especially Hinduism) in a number of important ways. ��h���y�Λ�2|LAt��O�H���5S���I=+���YQã����/���Y�Apܻ��QR��z�b�� If you have access to a journal via a society or association membership, please browse to your society journal, select an article to view, and follow the instructions in this box. Nevertheless, long cultural contact, in degrees ranging from trade to conquest, has forged some fundamental commonalities among religions within subregions, allowing for some generalizations to be made about the distinguishing features of religions indigenous to Africa. ISBN 0-435-89591-5; Mbiti’s first book takes a systematic look into the belief that African traditional religions were rooted in anti-Christian beliefs. That is why they have developed institutions for healing, for commerce, and for the general well-being of their own practitioners and adherents of other religions as well. Followers of traditional African religions prayto various secondary deities (Ogoun, Da, Agwu, Esu, Mbari, etc.) The indigenous religions of Africa coexist alongside more recently introduced global religions, namely Islam and Christianity. The DRC’s indigenous population were not accepting of Western missionaries who changed their social values, lives and religions. OLUPONA: Indigenous African religions refer to the indigenous or native religious beliefs of the African people before the Christian and Islamic colonization of Africa. God created the world with space and time, God sustains the changing realm of succeeding events and is conscious of every movement in history. Multireligious Responses to Globalization in East Africa: Karomojong a... Anderson, David M. & D.H. Johnson (eds.) African Traditional Religion is referred to the diverse beliefs that are included in various ethnic regions in Africa.The religion is characterized mainly by: 1.Supreme Being The African societies and ethnic communities believed in a supreme being who had different names for different communities.The people worshiped this God through singing,offering sacrifices,dancing,dedications … Simply select your manager software from the list below and click on download. For over 40 years, Associate Professor Robert Baum has shuttled between the U.S. and West Africa, learning and writing about religious prophets in rural southern Senegal. Some of the content of these ceremonies and rituals are secret, which combined with an oral rather than written tradition made them especially vulnerable to change over … 0000002440 00000 n Some society journals require you to create a personal profile, then activate your society account, You are adding the following journals to your email alerts, Did you struggle to get access to this article? The term ‘ethics’ is technically used by philosophers tomean a philosophical study of morality—morality understood as aset of social rules, principles, norms that guide or are intended toguide the conduct of people in a society, and as beliefs about rightand wrong conduct as well as good or bad character. For us, God defends us and our faith, not the other way around. Lean Library can solve it. The versions of these religions as they developed in the New World became known as African Diaspora religions. In this paper I wish to examine the place and the role of women according to African Religion. Now, with a senior faculty grant and a Wilson Faculty Research Fellowship, he will embark on a huge undertaking: writing the first continent-wide history of African religion, with a focus on indigenous religions. In recent times, traditional religions, such as the Yoruba religion, are on the rise. $���}�Cy� ISBN 978-0-87099-933-8. ul�b4�4q١@,M�}. ‘As there is an African way of understanding God … in the same way, there is an African way of understanding the world, the visible world around us – the cattle, trees, people and cities as well as the unseen world, the supernatural world of spirits, powers, and diseases’ (Oduro et al. UNDERSTANDING AFRICAN TRADITION RELIGION African traditional religion (ART) refers to the traditional religious system of African south of the Sahara and stands for those aspects of ancestral belief and custom which relate to the transcendent world! 0000019998 00000 n Such art forms serve as the centre of power, which links man’s beliefs, his essence and existence to the physical world. 10. Traditional African religions are rooted in having reverence for ancestors and natural phenomena. Unlike Western mythology, African myths are not recounted as a single narrative story, nor is there any established corpus of myth. Concepts of God in Africa. For more information view the SAGE Journals Article Sharing page. The difference between the Western and African idea of God may be understood as a difference of names due to languages. The remaining population of Namibia follows various indigenous religions. 0000006945 00000 n You can be signed in via any or all of the methods shown below at the same time. Ben Knighton. It gives people the freedom to worship, practice, observe, or teach any religion, as well as the freedom to debate and discuss in regard to religious questions and matters. Especially if we are fighting for national identity, or sovereignty, or trying to safeguard ethnic identity within nation states. Among the Dinka, death is explained as the result of. This God is our God forever and forever (Psalm 48: 14). African Religion and its Influence on Christianity and Islam Traditional African religion has been the basis of spirituality for the people of Africa. Dynamic and creative exchanges among different religions, including indigenous traditions, Protestant and Catholic Christianity, and Islam, all with developing theologies and institutions, fostered substantial collective religious and cultural identities within African American communities in the United States. In contrast to the indigenous religious systems of Africa, which are generated and sustained by the community, Christian prophetic movements are organized around an individual. It is only recently, thanks to the work of the Organization of African Traditional Healers (OATH), that Amazon has agreed to expunge its negative classification of African traditional religion. By the end of the 2nd century it had reached the region around Carthage.In the 4th century, the Aksumite empire in modern-day Eritrea and Ethiopia became one of the first regions in the world to adopt Christianity as an official religion and the Nubian kingdoms of Nobatia, Makuria and Alodia followed two centuries later. The continent of Africa has been home to hundreds of indigenous tribes speaking a wide variety of languages and believing a wide variety of different spiritual ideas. This knowledge of God through belief; became the cardinal point of the religion of Africans. The Impact of African Traditional Religious Beliefs and Cultural Values on Christian- Muslim Relations in Ghana from 1920 through the Present: A Case Study of Nkusukum-Ekumfi-Enyan area of the Central Region. Several syncretistic and messianic sects have formed throughout much of the continent, including the Nazareth Baptist Church in South Africa and the Aladura churches in Nigeria.There is also fairly widespread populations of Seventh-day Adventists and Jehovah's Witnesses . the anger of the first woman, who was greedy. 0000003717 00000 n False. Please read and accept the terms and conditions and check the box to generate a sharing link. False. 0000020181 00000 n the site you are agreeing to our use of cookies. ATR affects the way of life of most Africans. The e-mail addresses that you supply to use this service will not be used for any other purpose without your consent. Are you a religious person? In his analysis prayer is found to be very important in demonstrating African spirituality and the way of worship. By continuing to browse Followers of these account for 1.7% of the Kenyan population. Indigenous African religions are by nature plural, varied, and usually informed by one’s ethnic identity i.e. To read the fulltext, please use one of the options below to sign in or purchase access. To us it was foolish. In spite of thephilosophical inquiries or analyses undertaken by individualmoralphilosophers regarding morality … As in most of sub-Saharan Africa, ATR is the indigenous religion of Sierra Leone. 0000001427 00000 n 0 There is much shaking of heads, turning away in sorrow and avoidance of contact. 0000001168 00000 n 0000000016 00000 n African religions, religious beliefs and practices of the peoples of Africa.It should be noted that any attempt to generalize about the nature of “African religions” risks wrongly implying that there is homogeneity among all African cultures.In fact, Africa is a vast continent encompassing both geographic variation and tremendous cultural diversity. To understand African tradition, one needs to understand the position of African Traditional Religion on God, the human person, and creation. GOD: AFRICAN SUPREME BEINGS African supreme beings are spiritual beings or divinities who are as varied as the peoples of sub-Saharan Africa, the world's second largest continent after Asia. Christianity is also the most common religion in Swaziland. The meaning of God in an African Traditional Religion and the meaninglessness of well-meaning mission, https://doi.org/10.1177/026537889901600403. Sign in here to access free tools such as favourites and alerts, or to access personal subscriptions, If you have access to journal content via a university, library or employer, sign in here, Research off-campus without worrying about access issues. angering ancestors and ultimately God (Magesa 2002:197), communalism and care from traditional initiation schools can still be valuable indigenous knowledge that can contribute to the healing and communal reconstruction of the African communities. Religions of Africa (1985) that one of the most fascinating aspects of our history is the richness and varieties of its religious traditions. Indigenous African religions are by nature plural, varied, and usually informed by one’s ethnic identity, where one's family came from in Africa. This product could help you, Accessing resources off campus can be a challenge. 0000005150 00000 n This site uses cookies. 0000001684 00000 n He continues to say that prayer also shows us a deed insight into t he religious and philosophical thought of the African people (Mbiti, 1975; 1). Some recognize a dual or complementary twin god such as Mawu-Lisa. Indigenous African religious practises were based on oral traditions and on knowledge and customs which are passed on during a wide variety of ceremonies and rituals during rites of passage and a range of community events. �?�bDɫp�#WI\8*j"|ҋ���!��v{��W�¬� ���J.K��?o��7����={x Please check you selected the correct society from the list and entered the user name and password you use to log in to your society website. ‘Understanding Traditional African Religion: A Comment on Horton’, ‘The Nature & Characteristics of the Supreme Being Worshipped among the Acholi of Uganda’, ‘The Word for “God” in Swahili: Further Considerations’, ‘The Idea of a Supreme Being Among the Anlo Pople of Ghana’, ‘Religion, History & the Supreme Gods of Africa: A Contribution to the Debate’, ‘The Interpretation of Naangmin: Missionary Ethnography, African Theology, and History among the Lodagaa’, ‘Judaeo-Christian Spectacles: Boon or Bane to the Study of African Religions?’, ‘The Traditional Theologians & the Practice of Orisa Religion in Yorubaland’, ‘Questions old and new in the anthropology of religion’, ‘On Disciples & Magicians: The Diversification of Divinity among the Nuer during the Colonial Era’, ‘“Beyond the desert of criticism we wish to be called again”’, Faculty of Philosophy of the Pontificial [sic] Urbanian University, ‘Some Categories of Dual Classification among the Lugbara of Uganda’, ‘Acholi Concept of Fate – Woko, Wilobo, Run-Piny’, ‘The Supreme Being among the Acholi of Uganda: Another Viewpoint’. Lamin Sanneh, “New and Old in Africa’s Religious Heritage: Islam, Christianity and the African Encounter,” in Andrew F. Walls and Wilbert R. Shenk eds., Exploring New Religious Movements: Essays in Honor of Harold Turner (Elkhart, Indiana: Mission Focus, 1990), 64. trailer xref as well as to their ancestors.These secondary gods serve as intermediaries betweenhumans and the creator god. 0000004165 00000 n Instead, myths are embedded and transmitted in ritual practice. 9. I have opted to not include the concept of transcendence under similarities for I believe it to be an area where African theologians have fundamentally misrepresented African religion, by “‘baptising’ the data in order to project a traditional religion that is compatible with Christianity” (Bowers, 2002: 118). African religion centres on belief and practices. For Bitek this diminished and destroyed indigenous practices. T/F: In most African religions, the High God is considered to be very actively involved in the lives of humans. Sharing links are not available for this article. For Mbiti the mingling of Christianity and indigenous religion enriched the lives of African people. <]>> Even thoughmorality is the subject matter of ethics, it is most often usedinterchangeably with ‘ethics’. That task is left to a group of lesser spirits. African Traditional Religion (ATR) refers to the indigenous religious beliefs and practices of Africans. 0000009480 00000 n Other Beliefs. Unlike the colonial encounter with AIR, Indigenous African religions are by nature plural, varied, and usually informed by one’s ethnic identity, where one’s family came from in Africa. African religions are as diverse as the continent is varied. A Reflection on Anglican Mission in Uganda & Karamoja ‘, Paper given at Seminar on Imperial History in expression! 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