African Spirituality: Forms, Meanings and Expressions

African Spirituality: Forms, Meanings and Expressions

by Jacob K. Olupona
     
 

ISBN-10: 0824507800

ISBN-13: 9780824507800

Pub. Date: 02/28/2001

Publisher: Crossroad Publishing Company


What is Pa divination in Nigeria? Who or what is Mami Water? Does a single African spirituality exist across all indigenous cultures, even after their contact with Western religions such as Christianity? In this illustrated book, a perfect introduction to the fascinating world of African religion, spirituality, and cosmology, writers from Margaret R. Miles and…  See more details below

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What is Pa divination in Nigeria? Who or what is Mami Water? Does a single African spirituality exist across all indigenous cultures, even after their contact with Western religions such as Christianity? In this illustrated book, a perfect introduction to the fascinating world of African religion, spirituality, and cosmology, writers from Margaret R. Miles and Kathleen O’Brien Wicker to Ogbu Kalu and Abdulkader I. Tayob lead us into discussions of the diversity of African spiritual traditions and the forms and patterns that link them. Special topics include Dagbamba, Haitian Vodun, shrines, divination, candomble, and Sufism and the role of Islam.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780824507800
Publisher:
Crossroad Publishing Company
Publication date:
02/28/2001
Series:
World Spirituality Series
Pages:
512
Sales rank:
611,108
Product dimensions:
6.13(w) x 9.25(h) x 1.24(d)

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Table of Contents

Preface to the Series
Foreword
Introduction
Pt. 1Cosmologies and Sacred Knowledge
1Some Reflections on African Spirituality3
2African Shrines as Channels of Communication26
3The Lake Goddess Uhammiri/Ogbuide: The Female Side of the Universe in Igbo Cosmology38
4Ancestral Spirituality and Society in Africa54
Pt. 2Authority, Agencies, and Performance
5Pa Divination: Ritual Performance and Symbolism among the Ngas, Mupun, and Mwaghavul of the Jos Plateau, Nigeria87
6Some Thoughts on Ideology, Beliefs, and Sacred Kingship among the Edo (Benin) People of Nigeria114
7Spiritual Beings as Agents of Illness152
8Witchcrarft and Society176
9Mami Water in African Religion and Spirituality198
10Art and Spirituality223
11Spiritual Foundations of Dagbamba Religion and Culture257
Pt. 3African's Encounter with Other Religions
12The Task of African Traditional Religion in the Church's Dilemma in South Africa277
13African Muslim Spirituality: The Symbiotic Tradition in West Africa284
14Patterns of Islam among Youth in South Africa305
15Sufism in Africa324
16Roman North African Christian Spiritualities350
17Asante Catholicism: An African Appropriation of the Roman Catholic Religion372
Pt. 4African Spirituality in the Americas
18Forms of African Spirituality in Trinidad and Tobago403
19The Music of Haitian Vodun416
20African-derived Religion in the African-American Community in the United States450
Contributors467
Photographic Credits469
Index470

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