GENERAL FEATURES OF AFRICAN TRADITIONAL RELIGIONS

  • Armin Zimmermann

Abstract

There are many similarities between African and Indonesiantraditional religions, but there are for sure also differences. This articlegives the main lines of the African Traditional Religions in two parts. Thefi rst part is the belief system with the following topics: the supreme being;divinities; spirits; ancestors; magic, sorcery, and witchcraft. The second partis a description of the practice: secret societies; religious experts; commonrituals and feasts; personal rituals; sacrifi ce and prayer. Most AfricanTraditional Religions are tied to ethnic groups. If people have the feelingthat their traditional religions become less effective than imported religionsas Christianity or Islam, they accept the new religions and sometimes evenabandon their traditional religion. On the other hand within Christianity andIslam there is still infl uence of the traditional religions.

Author Biography

Armin Zimmermann
Programme Officer Sudan and Tanzania, Mission 21, Basel, Swiss
Published
2012-10-31
How to Cite
ZIMMERMANN, Armin. GENERAL FEATURES OF AFRICAN TRADITIONAL RELIGIONS. Gema Teologi, [S.l.], v. 36, n. 2, oct. 2012. ISSN 08534500. Available at: <https://journal-theo.ukdw.ac.id/index.php/gema/article/view/146>. Date accessed: 03 july 2022.
Section
Articles

Keywords

African traditional religions; belief system; religious practice