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AFRICAN GODS: Contemporary Rituals and Beliefs
In many African cultures, there is a belief in the close communion of spiritual and the physical realms. This idea of the connection between the natural and the supernatural, the visible and the invisible, and the human and the divine, is maintained in a state of equilibrium through prayer and ritual. These representations of the divine forces on Earth occupy a central place in many African religions. Daniel Laine presents a vivid photographic portrayal of these men and women as they perform exorcisms, dances, and other rituals on a spiritual journey through twelve countries: Nigeria, South Africa, Ivory Coast, Benin, Togo, Guinea, Cameroon, Ghana, Mali, Congo, Gabon and Uganda. 192pp, FRANCE . FLAMMARION.
2007 9782080300195 Hardback
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AFRICAN INDIGENOUS RELIGIONS AND DISEASE CAUSATION: From Spiritual Beings to Living Humans
This comparative and historical study focuses on religious aspects of disease etiologies among five, systematically selected, African peoples: the San, Maasai, Sukuma, Kongo and Yoruba. Unlike the homogenizing tendencies of many earlier comparative works by scholars of religion, this book highlights the differences between and the plurality within the religions and cultures of the selected peoples, as well as processes of change. The work covers a period of about 100 years, from the late 19th to the late 20th centuries, and much of the material used comes from European mission archives. To different degrees among the peoples studied, there has been a gradual shift from an emphasis on spiritual beings such as God and ancestors to living humans like 'witches' as agents of disease. 237pp, NETHERLANDS. EJ BRILL.
2007 9789004144330 Paperback
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AFRICAN RELIGIONS AND PHILOSOPHY
Mbiti, John S.
Second edition. A systematic study of African philosophies and religions that have developed across the continent highlighting the similarities and differences between a variety of religions and thought systems. Also includes a discussion of women in African religions and looks at the potential unity to be found in apparently disparate religions. Index, map, bib, xiv, 288pp, UK. HARCOURT EDUCATION NETQUOTEVAR:HEINEMANN.
1999 1989 1969 0435895915 Paperback
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AFRICAN TRADITIONAL RELIGION AND PHILOSOPHY: An Introduction
Thomas, Douglas E.
Examines the nature of African traditional religion in an effort to determine the common attributes of the religion of the continent, focusing on the West African experience. This study analyzes concepts in traditional religion by isolating key elements in the Yoruba, Dagara, and Ibo cultures. Principal elements isolated include sacrifice, salvation, revelation and divination, as well as resilience in the face of invasions, colonization and various outside religious assaults. The study also considers the influence of Christianity and Islam. Bib, notes, 203pp, USA. McFARLAND & COMPANY.
2004 0786418354 Paperback
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AFRICAN TRADITIONS IN THE STUDY OF RELIGION IN AFRICA
Adogame, Afe, Chitando, Ezra & Bateye, Bolaji (Eds.)
The historiography of African religions and religions in Africa presents a remarkable shift from the study of 'Africa as Object' to 'Africa as Subject', thus translating the subject from obscurity into the global community of the academic study of religion. This book presents a unique multidisciplinary exploration of African traditions in the study of religion in Africa and the new African diaspora. The book is structured under three main sections - Emerging trends in the teaching of African Religions; Indigenous Thought and Spirituality; and Christianity, Hinduism and Islam. Contributors drawn from diverse African and global contexts situate current scholarly traditions of the study of African religions within the purview of academic encounter and exchanges with non-African scholars and non-African contexts. 278pp, UK. ASHGATE.
2012 9781409419709 Hardback
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Lugira, Aloysius M.
A textbook for the study of African religions divided into nine chapters including The Supreme Being, Rites and Ritual, Sacred Spaces and Places, Mystical Forces, and African Religion in Today's World. Well illustrated with b/w photographs of masks and religious ceremonies, this text is useful as a thorough introduction to the topic for students and young people. Includes a guide for further reading and text boxes focusing on particular topics. Index, gloss, notes, 144pp, USA. FACTS ON FILE, 081605729X
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BEYOND PRIMITIVISM: Indigenous Religious Traditions and Modernity
Olupona, Jacob K.
A wide ranging discussion of the role played by indigenous religions of Africa, the Pacific, Asia and the Americas in today's world. Despite assertions that native religions are fast disappearing, the authors of these essays show the continuing vitality and relevance of indigenous religions to millions of believers worldwide. Index, refs, notes, xvi, 348pp, UK. ROUTLEDGE.
2003 041527320X Paperback
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BEYOND RATIONALISM: Rethinking Magic, Witchcraft and Sorcery
Kapferer, Bruce (Ed.)
Through ethnographic contexts, the contributors to this volume explore the different perspectives on rituals, social events and political constitutions which are com-monly understood as witchcraft and magic. A range of countries are studied including South Africa, Botswana and the Congo. Illustrated with b/w and colour photo-graphs. Index, bib, notes, 273pp, UK. BERGHAHN BOOKS, 1571814183
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COMPARATIVE HISTORICAL AND INTERPRETATIVE STUDY OF RELIGIONS
Adogbo, Michael P.
A methodological discussion on specific themes (concepts of God, spirits, mysterious forces, spiritual pollution and ritual symbolism), historical figures and movements in Religious Studies with specific reference to the Urhobo. Also discusses the methodological problems in the study of African traditional religions. 129pp, NIGERIA. MALTHOUSE.
2010 9789788422235 Paperback
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ENCYCLOPAEDIA OF AFRICAN AND AFRICAN AMERICAN RELIGIONS
Glazier, Stephen D (Ed.)
A multi disciplinary reference book with comprehensive coverage of the religious movements and churches of sub Saharan Africa, North Africa, South America, and the Caribbean. Includes extracts from source materials and is illustrated with b/w photographs. Index, bib, refs, xx, 452pp, UK. ROUTLEDGE.
2001 0415922453 Hardback
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GUARDIANS OF THE LAND: Essays on Central African Territorial Cults
Schoffeleers, J.M. (Ed.)
Though Malawi and Central Africa are now predominantly Christian countries, African tradition relgion remains important everywhere. Now a classic, this study was first published in 1979 against the background of neglect in publishing texts on economic and social history and other aspects of cultural development. It provides important information on Central African territorial cults, and it one of a series recording the history of African religious systems. Ten scholars report on detailed case studies conducted in Zambia, Malawi and Zimbabwe. 332pp, MALAWI. KACHERE SERIES.
1999 1979 9780869227343 Paperback
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IMAGINING EVIL: Witchcraft Beliefs and Accusations in Contemporary Africa
Ter Haar, Gerrie
A belief in witchcraft as a way of imagining and projecting evil is strong and widespread across the African continent - so much so that many commentators have suggested a significant increase in accusations of witchcraft in Africa in recent years. Alarmingly, a common feature of witchcraft accusation is the lynching or killing of the accused. As a comment on witchcraft beliefs and accusations in contemporary Africa, this study concentrates on witchcraft as an actual threat both to society and the psychology of individuals. Index, 348pp, USA. AFRICA WORLD PRESS.
2007 9781592214853 Paperback
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INTRODUCTION TO AFRICAN RELIGION
Mbiti, John S.
A wide discussion of different aspects of African religion introducing the reader to the study of Afican religions. Chapters include African Views of the Universe, Rituals and Festivals, The Origin and Early State of Man, and Religious Objects and Places. IIlustrated with b/w photographs. Includes a guide for further reading and study questions. Index, 216pp, UK. HARCOURT EDUCATION NETQUOTEVAR:HEINEMANN, 0435940023
1991, 1975 Paperback
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JEWS AND JUDAISM IN AFRICAN HISTORY
Hull, Richard A.
This is a narrative about Jews and Judaism in Africa, from antiquity to the present. Jews have often been a marginalized minority, yet they have played a role in the history of the continent hugely disproportionate to their numbers. They have enriched Africa culturally and economically, serving as innovators and middlemen, government servants and educators. Along the way, they have been victims and victimizers, mercenaries and proxies for others. While some have converted to other religions and been assimilated into indigenous society, most have retained their Jewish identity in various forms. 200pp, USA. MARKUS WIENER.
2009 9781558764965 Paperback
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MAGIC, FAITH AND HEALING: Mysteries of Africa
Details the methods used by African shamans and traditional healers to heal bodies and cast out demons. Gloss, bib, 183pp, USA. CESHORE, 1585010391
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MAGICAL INTERPRETATIONS, MATERIAL REALITIES: Modernity, Witchcraft and the Occult in Postcolonial Africa
Moore, Henrietta & Sanders, Todd
This collection of 11 ethnographic essays sets out new thinking on the continuing impact of 'witchcraft' and the occult in Africa, and its expected clash with modernity. Looks at the range of beliefs witchcraft encompasses and its use in state politics, free markets and legal systems. Cameroon, Sierra Leone, Nigeria, Malawi, Niger, Tanzania and South Africa are the countries studied. Illustrated with b/w photos. Index, notes, bib, 253pp, UK. ROUTLEDGE.
2001 0415258677 Paperback
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OF WATER AND THE SPIRIT: Ritual, Magic, and Initiation in the Life of an African Shaman
Some, Malidoma Patrice
Born in a Dagara village in Burkina Faso and educated in both the European and African modes of religious worship, the author describes his life mediating between cultures and sharing living African spiritual traditions with those who struggle with the contemporary crisis of the spirit. 311pp, USA. PENGUIN BOOKS, 0140194967
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THE POWER OF THE OCCULT IN MODERN AFRICA: Continuity and Innovation in the Renewal of African Cosmologies
Kiernan, James (Ed.)
Based mainly on experiential research in a range of African societies, the essays in this volume examine the relevance of the occult to a variety of social concepts and contexts. These studies stress three features of the occult in modern Africa: as an explanatory and tactical device, it is resilient; it is malleable, with a capacity to absorb and assimilate new elements; it is flexible and adaptable to emerging situations and novel circumstances. 240pp, GERMANY. LIT VERLAG.
2006 9783825884109 Paperback
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RELIGION IN AFRICA: Experience and Expression
Blakely, Thomas D. & Van Beek, Walter E.A. & Thomson, Dennis L (Eds.)
Over twenty essays consider religion, and what it is in Africa. Sections on western and Islamic influences, comparisons over time and space, the instrumentality of religion process and performance. Index, bib, notes, b/w photographs, xvi, 512pp, UK. CURREY PUBLISHERS, JAMES. 0852552076
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RELIGION AND POVERTY: Pan-African Perspectives
Paris, Peter J. (Ed.)
A Ghanaian scholar of religion argues that poverty is a particularly complex subject in traditional African cultures, where holistic worldviews unite life's material and spiritual dimensions. A South African ethicist examines informal economies in Ghana, Jamaica, Kenya, and South Africa, looking at their ideological roots, social organization, and vulnerability to global capital. African American theologians offer ethnographic accounts of empowering religious rituals performed in churches in Chicago, Jamaica, and South Africa. This important collection brings together these and other Pan-African perspectives on religion and poverty in Africa and the African diaspora. Contributors from Africa and North America explore the roots of poverty and its effects, the ways that experiences and understandings of deprivation are shaped by religion, and the capacity and limitations of religion as a means of alleviating poverty. 384pp, USA. DUKE UNIVERSITY PRESS.
2010 9780822343783 Paperback
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RELIGIONS IN AFRICA: Conflicts, Politics and Social Ethics - The Collected Essays of Ogbu Uke Kalu - Volume 3
Wariboko, Nimi, Kalu, Wilhelmina J. & Falola, Toyin (Eds.)
The final instalment in a series of three books focusing on the essays of Ogbu Uke Kalu, RELIGIONS IN AFRICA collects together Kalu's insightful essays on the intersection of religion and social issues in Africa. The essays constitute an engaging set of political and ethical analyses of the flow of events as Christianity penetrated African life, was diversified by it and continued to sustain itself in various different forms. 492pp, USA. AFRICA WORLD PRESS.
2011 9781592217793 Paperback
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THE SCIENCE OF THE DOGON: Decoding the African Mystery Tradition
The Dogon people of Mali, West Africa, are famous for their unique art and advanced cosmology. The Dogon creation story describes how the one true god, Amma, created all the matter of the universe. This book argues that the myths that depict his creative efforts bear a striking resemblance to the modern scientific definitions of matter, beginning with the atom and continuing all the way to the vibrating threads of string theory. Furthermore, many of the Dogon words, symbols and rituals used to describe the structure of matter are quite similar to those found in the myths of ancient Egypt and in the daily rituals of Judaism. 224pp, USA. INNER TRADITIONS BEAR & CO.
2006 9781594771330 Paperback
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SHRINES IN AFRICA: History, Politics and Society
Dawson, Allan Charles (Ed.)
This volume explores how African shrines, in all their variable and diverse forms, are more than just spiritual vessels or points of worship - they are powerful symbols of ethnic solidarity, group cohesion, and knowledge about the landscape. Moreover, in ways subtle and nuanced, shrines represent ideas about legitimacy and authenticity in the context of the post-colonial African state. Index, b/w illus, 210pp, CANADA. UNIVERSITY OF CALGARY PRESS.
2009 9781552382462 Paperback
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SPEARMASTERS: Introduction to African Religion
Asante, Molefi Kete & Nwadiora, Emeka
Contends that in Africa there exists only one religion with a vast array of denominations. African religion is expressed in a different way by each of the denominations. The term spear master relates to the integrity and ethics that had to accompany the maker and user of the spear in ancient African societies. The essence of religion, this book argues, is the deification of one's society and nation, and making sacred the traditions and rituals of the ordinary lives of the people. 194pp, USA. UNIVERSITY PRESS OF AMERICA.
2007 9780761835745 Paperback
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STUDIES IN WITCHCRAFT, MAGIC, WAR AND PEACE IN AFRICA: Nineteenth and Twentieth Centuries
Selected contents: Fernanda Claudio, Cloth, Hoes, and Beads: Chikunda Domination, the Warlord Kanyemba, and the Chapoto Chieftaincy in Dande, Zimbabwe; Linda Giles, The Role of Spirits in Swahili Coastal Society; Alan Kirkaldy, Vhuloi and Witch-Hunting in Late Nineteenth-Century Vendaland; Beatrice Nicolin; Notes on Magical Practices in Zanzibar and Pemba; Maxwell Owusu and Godfrey N. Uzoigwe, Nanny's Apron Strings: Magic, Medicine, Witchcraft and Warfare in Colonial and Post-Colonial West Africa; Meshack Owino, Vifo Na Mazishi: The Impact of War on Kenya African Soldiers Beliefs and Attitudes Towards Death and Burials in Colonial Kenya; Ana Cristina Roque, Meeting Artur Murimo Mafumo and His Practices; Nathalie Arnold, With Ripe Eyes You Will See: Occult Conflicts in Pembas Days of Caning, Zanzibar 1964-1968; Sophia Beal Terra Sonâmbula: Mythmaking and the Naparama in the Work of Mia Couto; Sam Kasule, Possession, Trance, Ritual and Popular Performance: The Transformation of Theatre in Post Idi Amin Uganda; Terence Ranger, African Religion, Witchcraft, and the Liberation War in Zimbabwe. 406pp, USA. EDWIN MELLEN PRESS.
2006 9780773457270 Hardback
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TOGBI DAWUSO DOFE: Mami Water in the Ewe Tradition
O'Brien Wicker, Kathleen & Opoku, Kofi A. (Eds.)
Mami Water as a phenomenon is an ubiquitous existence in Ewe belief and folkore, yet little about it is documented. Dawuso Dcfe, the Ewe Mami Water Priest known as Abidjan Mami-water, was a remarkable but mysterious man, whose life was dominated by the phenomenon. He died in 2003 and this study of his life has ethnographic importance, particularly to the accommodating character of traditional Ewe and African religion; the outstanding talents of Dawuso, both as a religious figure, and as a man of vision and action; and the richness, complexity and attractiveness of the arts among the Ewe. The book describes all the essential aspects of Dawusos life, including his foundation of the Mamiwater Village and shrine at Adome in the Volta Region. He became a traditional healer, diviner and priest; and also used his strategic position in the supernatural sphere to initiate moves which greatly enriched many Ewe artistic traditions, particularly in music, dance, sculpture and painting. A glossary of Ewe terms is provided. Bib, gloss, apps, col illus, 126pp, GHANA. SUB-SAHARAN PUBLISHERS.
2008 9789988647858 Hardback
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TRADITIONAL RELIGION IN WEST AFRICA
Adegbola, E.A.A. (Ed.)
Forty-three essays on aspects of West African religions such as its history and development, festivals and symbolism and idea of humanity and God amongst other themes. Index, maps, notes, b/w images, 472pp, KENYA. SEFER BOOKS LTD, 9783464507
1998 1983 DELAY Paperback
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THE WILEY-BLACKWELL COMPANION TO AFRICAN RELIGIONS
Bongmba, Elias Kifon (Ed.)
Presents multidisciplinary perspectives on the religious beliefs and practices of the peoples in Africa. The rich diversity of African religious traditions is revealed through contributions from renowned scholars from across a variety of fields. Initial essays focus on methodological approaches to religion from anthropological, philosophical, and historical perspectives. These are followed by articles addressing religious experiences in indigenous, Christian, and Islamic traditions across the continent. Collectively, the volume offers rich insights into both the historical developments in African religions and contemporary religious issues, including the development of African-initiated churches, neo traditional religions, Pentecostalism, African religions, and gender relations. A concluding section delves into important topics at the intersection of culture and religion in Africa, including the arts, health, politics, globalization, and the economy. 632pp, UK. WILEY-BLACKWELL.
2012 9781405196901 Hardback
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WITCHCRAFT DIALOGUES: Anthropological and Philosophical Exchanges
Bond, George Clement
Anthropologists, philosophers and sociologists from diverse social and cultural backgrounds discuss the metaphysical properties of 'witchcraft' and 'sorcery' and explore their manifestations in people's lived experiences. Notes, bib, index, viii, 344pp. OHIO U P.
2001 0869802205 Paperback
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WORD OF WISDOM: And the Creation of Animals in Africa
A comprehensive introduction to African theology by focusing on the role of animals in African teaching. The work surveys African approaches to religion, beginning with sub-Saharan Africa, encompassing Judaic, Christian and Islamic beliefs, and concluding with African theology today. It highlights the influence of African theology on all the major religions, including the preserva-tion of Jewish texts and the establishment of Christian traditions such as hermeticism and monasticism. Throughout Ranger demonstrates, through numerous examples, the centrality of the natural world to African faiths. This, she argues, is an aspect sorely lacking in dominant religious traditions, which have tended to treat the natural world as less valuable than humanity and thus more expendable, leading to our current disastrous state in which the existence of animals is put at serious risk. Index, bib, b&w maps & illus, 280pp, UK. JAMES CLARKE AND CO.
2007 9780227679869 Paperback
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WORLDS OF POWER: Religious Thought and Political Practice in Africa
A study of the links between religion and political action in Africa. The authors show how African religious beliefs have huge impacts on politics and inform how people understand the world and deal with it. Index, bib, notes, viii, 263pp, UK. HURST, 1850657343
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ZULU SHAMAN: Dreams, Prophecies and Mysteries
Mutwa, Vusamazulu Credo
In a rare account of Zulu mysticism, Vusamazulu Credo Mutwa breaks the bonds of traditional silence to share his personal experiences as a sangoma, a Zulu shaman. Set against the backdrop of post colonial South Africa Mutwa relays the first person account of an African healer and reveals the cosmology of the Zulu. Index, notes, b/w illus, xxix, 224pp, USA. DEEP BOOKS LTD, 0892811293
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