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African Traditional Religion

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The African continent is home to more than 6,000 different ethnic and cultural groups, each with its own religious traditions. Yet these many traditions have much in common, including an almost universal belief in a supreme being, a close interconnection between the sacred and nonsacred, and a reliance on oral tradition to transmit teachings and beliefs down through the generations. Now in full color, African Traditional Religion, Third Edition offers a fresh perspective on the beliefs that are a permanent part ...

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Overview

The African continent is home to more than 6,000 different ethnic and cultural groups, each with its own religious traditions. Yet these many traditions have much in common, including an almost universal belief in a supreme being, a close interconnection between the sacred and nonsacred, and a reliance on oral tradition to transmit teachings and beliefs down through the generations. Now in full color, African Traditional Religion, Third Edition offers a fresh perspective on the beliefs that are a permanent part of Africa's history and future.

Almost from the start of civilization more than 10,000 years ago, religion has shaped human history. Today more than half the world's population adhere to a major religion or indigenous spiritual tradition. In societies through out the world, increasing ethnic and cultural diversity has led to a variety of religions being practiced side by side. This makes it vital that we understand as much as we can about the world's religions.

Rigorously nonsectarian, the books in the World Religions series offer clear, accessible overviews of the major religious traditions of our time, including

Geographical distribution

Origins and history

Central beliefs, rituals, and sacred sites

Contributions to world civilization

Carefully chosen photographs complement the text, and sidebars, a map, fact file, glossary, bibliography, further reading, and index are included to help readers gain a more complete understanding of the subject at hand.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781604131031
  • Publisher: Chelsea House Publishers
  • Publication date: 5/1/2009
  • Series: World Religions Series
  • Edition description: REV
  • Edition number: 3
  • Pages: 144
  • Age range: 11 - 17 Years
  • Product dimensions: 7.60 (w) x 9.40 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface 6

Chapter 1 Introduction: Africa and Its People 8

Chapter 2 The Beginning of Time: The Oral Tradition 26

Chapter 3 The Supreme Being 36

Chapter 4 The Spirit World 46

Chapter 5 Rites and Ritual in African Religion 64

Chapter 6 Sacred Spaces and Places 88

Chapter 7 Mystical Forces 96

Chapter 8 African Religion in Today's World 104

Chapter 9 African Religion Past, Present, and Future 116

Fact File and Bibliography 132

Further Reading 134

Web Sites 135

Glossary 136

Index 140

About the Author and Series Editors 144

Picture Credits 144

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