African Religions: A Very Short Introduction

African Religions: A Very Short Introduction

Jacob K. Olupona

Print publication date: Mar 2014

ISBN: 9780199790586

Publisher: Oxford University Press

Abstract

African Religions: A Very Short Introduction offers a wide-ranging look at the myriad indigenous religious traditions on the African continent, drawing on archeological research, historical evidence, ethnographic studies, and archival materials. African religious belief-exploring myths, gods and local deities, ancestor worship, rites of passage, festivals, and divination are considered and the role these religions play in everyday African life, from birthing and death, marriage and family dynamics, to diet, dress and grooming, health care, and even governance, is discussed. Christianity and Islam has spread throughout Africa, but the more extreme fundamentalist sects—which decry traditional religion as paganism—have driven a near total collapse of indigenous practice.