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Spearmasters: Introduction to African Religion / Edition 1

Spearmasters: Introduction to African Religion / Edition 1

by Molefi Kete Asante, Emeka NwadioraMolefi Kete Asante


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Spear Masters contends that in Africa there exists only one religion with a vast array of "denominations." African religion is expressed in a different way by each of the denominations, which creates confusion for those who believe that there are more than one African religion. Spear Masters presents information about some of the larger and most significant expressions of the sole African religion, so that the reader will understand the relationship between God the creator and the notions of the relationship with the family and community. The term "spear master" relates to the integrity and ethics that had to accompany the maker and user of the spear in ancient African societies. The essence of religion presented in Spear Masters is the deification of one's society and nation, and making sacred the traditions and rituals of the ordinary lives of the people.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780761835745
Publisher: UPA
Publication date: 04/26/2007
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 128
Product dimensions: 6.13(w) x 9.02(h) x 0.46(d)

About the Author

Molefi Kete Asante is a professor in the Department of African American Studies at Temple University. He received his Ph.D. from the University of California at Los Angeles. He is a published author of more than sixty books and 300 scholarly articles. Emeka Nwadiora has a double doctorate from Howard University and from Temple University respectively. He is a member of the School of Social Work at Temple University.

Table of Contents

Part 1 Preface Part 2 Acknowledgements Chapter 3 The God of Gods Chapter 4 Divine Rulers: Representing God on Earth Chapter 5 Sacrifices and Prayers in African Religion Chapter 6 The Ancestral World: Seeing the Unseen Chapter 7 The Concept of Evil Chapter 8 Servants: Explaining the Inexplicable Chapter 9 Rituals: Making Possible the Impossible Chapter 10 Spirit Conquering Matter Chapter 11 The Spear Master's Sory Part 12 References Part 13 Bibliography of African Religious Sources Part 14 Index

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