Encyclopedia of Psychology and Religion

2014 Edition
| Editors: David A. Leeming

African Traditional Religion

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DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-1-4614-6086-2_9120

African traditional religion is a debatable subject among scholars of religions in Africa. The expression “African religion” is taken in some quarters to denote the multifaceted religions that now permeate the religious space in Africa. They argue that even though these religions may have been “imported” into Africa in the last two millennia, they have been “Africanized” to the extent that they are qualified to be described as African religion. But instead here we will discuss the archaic traditional religion of the African people.

African religion is like too many other things that emerge from Africa that have been labeled by early European writers (such as Emil Ludwig, A.B. Ellis, P.A. Talbot, Leo Frobenius) with degrading terminologies. Some of these terms that have now been jettisoned include primitive, native, tribe, savage, ancestor worship, and animism. These labels might have come out of their ignorance, due to the problems that have often retarded accurate study of African...

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of ReligionsLagos State UniversityLagosNigeria