There are three major characteristics behind traditional societiesthese include strong family units, a central role of religion, anddiminished women's rights as pretext behin d the first two. Angisok said well written i agree religion and morality go hand in hand in the african culture however punishment seems to be emphasized within this context, but with recent culture borrowed from the western countries we can see more liberty in terms of individualism and freedom. African traditional religions have creatively responded to this religious onslaught by formulating new ways of survival, such as developing literature, institutionalizing the traditions, establishing associations of priests, and creating schools for the training of its priests. Introduction to african traditional religion welcome to the summary lecture of african traditional religions this is a 3-hour summary lecture on the basic components of african traditional religions.
Religion is a way of life that is integrated into the community it is co-extensive with their society. Family characteristics within a cultural framework here are some cultural features among four minority cultures notice ways • religion – belief in the interconnectedness of all living and non -living things, balance and harmon y, the individual as part of the ‘oneness’ of the african american culture. African traditional religions relzimorg articles about traditional religions in zimbabwe in shona and ndebele religion , god, or the supreme being, is seen as the creator and sustainer of the universe in much the same manner as within christianity.
Religion is an important part of millions of people's lives across the world thousands of african people are converted to christianity every day and in nigeria about 20 new religious sects or groups come into being every month. This guide investigates how the south has been an ideological and experiential focus for the development of distinctive religious forms and how some of the forms of religion identified with the south—evangelicalism, fundamentalism, pentecostalism—have dispersed throughout the nation. Religion and religious beliefs and their effects on the african community are the key to understanding the african world and ideology this, as mbiti has rightly pointed out, is because, it is religion, more than. Characteristics of indigenous religions attend a christian service and then immediately afterwards attend an indigenous ritual african indigenous religions have influenced christianity and islam in africa by making them more mystical, reflecting africans' strong belief in an unseen spirit world. Religions shared wholly or partially some characteristics which include: (1) belief in god or deity, (2) a doctrine constantly liable to misunderstand the african worldview and beliefs religion enters into impacts of colonialism on religions: an experience of south-western nigeria.
Definitions of religion tend to suffer from one of two problems: they are either too narrow and exclude many belief systems which most agree are religions, or they are too vague and ambiguous, suggesting that just about anything and everything is a religion a better way to explain the nature of religion is to identify basic characteristics common to religions. The concept of god, divinities and spirits in african traditional religious ontology has been so misunderstood by many scholars to the point of seeing africans as people who did not know the supreme being nor worship him. In his book religions of the world, niels nielsen presents 12 common characteristics found in most religions most religions include belief in the supernatural (spirits, gods, god) or belief in some other ultimate reality beyond, yet connected to, human experience and existence. African religions, religious beliefs and practices of the peoples of africait should be noted that any attempt to generalize about the nature of “african religions” risks wrongly implying that there is homogeneity among all african culturesin fact, africa is a vast continent encompassing both geographic variation and tremendous cultural diversity. African american religious cultures were born in the crucible of american slavery, a system that not only ruptured direct connections to african history, culture, and religious community, but also set the context for the emergence of transformed and new religious systems.
Both strands of religious change are signalled by and implied in the topic of conversion in african religions we shall therefore, be handling the two dimensions in this paper but first, the key concepts ought to be clarified and the scope delimited but they possess a lot of similar essential characteristics the vision of reality as a. In this reflection i shall explore contemporary african-american christian worship, beginning with an examination of the religious heritage african slaves brought with them to the new world next, i shall investigate the theology of african-american worship, following with a focus on its characteristics and elementsi will end with a brief. African traditional religions in some parts of africa, have had an elaborate pantheon of divinities but there are exceptions to this general observation, especially in southern africa and some parts of west africa. The attribute of god in african tradition religion a term paper prepared by pst clinton simon @ penticostal theological seminary, eleme, portharcourt nigeria 11 pages the attribute of god in african tradition religion a term paper prepared by pst clinton simon @ penticostal theological seminary, eleme, portharcourt nigeria uploaded by. In terms of african religious influences, it was the cosmology of the yoruba which had the most indelible impact of the religion of the brazilians of african descent, and the yoruba orixas who were existentially and culturally relevant continued to be worshipped in brazil.
This characterization makes african ethics independent of religion and, thus, underlines the notion of the autonomy of ethics in regard to african ethics if a religion is a non-revealed religion, then it is independent of religious prescriptions and commands. What is african traditional religion by j o on the other hand, is a vast track of land and a heathen is one who inhabits a heath or possesses the characteristics of a heath dweller a heathen, according to the new parrinder made this mistake because in his west african religion he claimed that the supreme god or creator. The main characteristics of african traditional religion as indicated above africa is a vast continent as a result one runs the risk of generalization yet there is a common thread that runs in indigenous values and experiences that show a kind of uniformity. Characteristics of african american families based on the work of oscar barbarin, phd professor university of north carolina school of social work.
African religion, we are not stressing its primitive nature as some opine nor are we stressing that it is a fossil religion – a religion that is incapable of adapting to changes african religion is traditional for the following reasons.