African religions a very short introduction discusses a wide variety of religious practices including music and dance calendrical rituals and festivals celebrations for the gods birthdays and rituals accompanying stages of life such as birth puberty marriage elderhood and death. For example i read and reviewed john parkers and richard rathbones short challenging very short introduction to african history as a result i became interested in pursuing a new book in the series about africa african religions a very short introduction 2014 by jacob olupona. What are african religions african religions a very short introduction answers this question by examining primarily indigenous religious traditions on the african continent as well as exploring christianity and islam it focuses on the diversity of ethnic groups languages cultures and worldviews emphasizing the continents regional diversity. Africa is home to hundreds of ethnic groups who together speak more than a thousand languages it is not surprising then that africas enormous range of peoples cultures and ways of life has engendered a wide diversity of religious practices this very short introduction offers a wide ranging look at the myriad indigenous religious traditions on the african continent. 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
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