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p. 11. Worldview, cosmology, and myths of originlocked

  • Jacob K. Olupọna

Abstract

African religions are as diverse as the African continent itself. ‘Worldview, cosmology, and myths of origin’ shows that religious worldviews, often unique to distinct ethnic groups, reflect people's identities and are central to how they relate to one another, to other people, and to the world at large. These religious worldviews encode ethical practices, taboos, and the knowledge particular to each group. Religious beliefs inform every aspect of life in sharp contrast to the church-state dichotomy of Euro-American societies. Sacred myths, especially cosmogonic and cosmological ones, describe significant events and actors central to a particular people's worldview. They are not static but undergo reinterpretation as oral narratives are passed down from one generation to another.

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