Encyclopedia of African Religion by Molefi Kete Asante, Ama Mazama

By Molefi Kete Asante, Ama Mazama

"Numerous titles targeting specific ideals in Africa exist, together with Marcel Griaule’s Conversations with Ogotemmeli, yet this one provides an unparallelled exploration of a large number of cultures and experiences. It is either a gateway to deeper exploration and a penetrating source by itself. this is often sure to turn into the definitive scholarly source on African religions."
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"Overall, as a result of its singular concentration, reliability, and scope, this encyclopedia will end up worthy the place there's huge curiosity in Africa or in several non secular traditions."
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As the 1st entire paintings to gather rules, suggestions, discourses, and large essays during this important region, the Encyclopedia of African faith explores such themes as deities and divinities, the character of humanity, the top of existence, the conquest of worry, and the search for attainment of concord with nature and different people. Editors Molefi Kete Asante and Ama Mazama comprise approximately 500 entries that search to rediscover the unique attractiveness and majesty of African faith.



· bargains the easiest illustration up to now of the African reaction to the sacred

· is helping readers grab the enormity of Africa’s contribution to non secular principles through featuring richly textured ideas of spirituality, ritual, and initiation whereas at the same time advancing new theological different types, cosmological narratives, and how one can conceptualize moral behavior
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· presents readers with new metaphors, figures of speech, modes of reasoning, etymologies, analogies, and cosmogonies


· unearths the complexity, texture, and rhythms of the African spiritual culture to supply students with a baseline for destiny works [/b]


The Encyclopedia of African faith is meant for undergraduate and graduate scholars in fields reminiscent of faith, Africana reviews, Sociology, and Philosophy.

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The Universe In Africism, the foremost attribute of God is Creation. Creation is the Universe. ” Religiously and philosophically, Africism identifies the World and/or the Universe to be the base of sacred space, sacred time, and all sacred elements therein. ” Inadequate names, which reflect inadequate understanding, have not done justice to African religion. Even today, Western mainstream newspapers may continue to misrepresent Africism. ” It is precisely because of such challenges that the term Africism was coined, as an attempt to redress the imbalances of past and erroneous approaches.

7 Opoku, K. A. (1978). West African Traditional Religion. Accra, Ghana: FEP International Private Ltd. Opokuwaa, N. A. K. (2005). The Quest for Spiritual Transformation: Introduction to Traditional Akan Religion, Rituals and Practices. New York: iUniverse. ADINKRA SYMBOLS Associated most often with a multitude of symbols, the term “adinkra” is more accurately used to denote a symbolic funerary message given to transitioning and/or departed souls. ” Moreover, because the term “nkra” has “kra” (life force; soul) at its root, adinkra is further understood as a message that a transitioning and/or departed soul takes with it on its return to Nyame.

According to the belief of the Efiks, the wife of Abasi, whose name was Atai, convinced him to allow their adult children, one man and one woman, to settle on the Earth, but to prohibit them from reproducing or working the land. The idea, according to Efik understanding, was that the children should depend on their father and mother for shelter, food, and protection. However, the children resented these prohibitions and soon returned to heaven when Abasi called them to eat food when they became hungry.

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