This study examines the nature of African traditional religion in an effort to determine the common attributes of the religion of the continent, focusing on the West African experience. It analyzes concepts in African traditional religion by isolating key elements in the Yoruba, Dagara, and Ibo cultures. Principal elements isolated include sacrifice, salvation, revelation and divination, as well as African resilience in the face of invasions, colonization and various outside religious assaults. The study also considers the influence of Christianity and Islam.
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Table of ContentsTable of Contents
Preface and Acknowledgments 1
1. The Theological Role of Culture in African Religion 17
2. African Culture and Western Attitudes Toward African Religion 43
3. African Tradition and the Culture of Religion 83
4. African Culture and the Philosophy of Religion 131
5. Conclusion 178
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