Introduction to African Religion: Second Edition

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Waveland Press, Jan 14, 2015 - Religion - 215 pages
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  In his widely acclaimed survey, John Mbiti sheds light on the survival and prosperity of African Religion in different historical, geographical, sociological, cultural, and physical environments. He presents a constellation of African worldviews, beliefs in God, use of symbols, valued traditions, and practices that have taken root with African peoples throughout the vast continent. Mbiti’s accessible writing style sympathetically portrays how African Religion manifests itself in ritual, festival, healing, the human life cycle, and interplay with the mystical and invisible world. The account embraces foundational traditions, while touching on elements that spawn transitions, including migration, the spread of Christianity and Islam, political-economic development, and modern communication. This popular introduction leaves readers with informed knowledge of the riches of African heritage.

 

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This revision of a standard text ( LJ 7/75) provides an excellent overview of native religion in Africa. It also offers a useful and up-to-date list of books for more advanced reading, questions for ... Read full review

Contents

The African Heritage
2
What is African Religion?
11
Where African Religion is Found
20
African Views of the Universe
34
Belief in God
45
How God is Approached by People
60
The Spirits
70
The Origin and Early State of Man
82
Religious Objects and Places
144
Religious Leaders
153
Health Magic and Medicine
165
Morals in African Religion
174
The Meeting of African Religion and Other Religions
180
The Value of Religion
194
Questions
202
Books for Advanced Reading on African Religion
206

Birth and Time of Youth
87
Marriage and Family Life
104
Death and the Hereafter
116
Rituals and Festivals
131
Examples of African Proverbs and Wise Sayings
208
Index
213
Acknowledgements
216
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