0000140260 00000 n This is to say that a single, to the period of time after colonialism or after, of colonial experience occurring outside Europe but as a. colonialism, the struggle for independence, Dened in a very general sense, it is understood as, independence. (viii) Traditional African marriage is an alliance between two families but the Christian marriage is a union … Participants’ views of God are thematised according to sets of God-images, firstly, as identified by Van der Ven in his book God Reinvented? , University of Chicago Press, Chicago, IL. 0000002305 00000 n %%EOF African traditional religion is another source for African Theology. 0000119125 00000 n families and clans (Ikenga-Metuh 1987:262). The African Traditional Religion has no founder. (1998), adapted by the authors to suit the contents of the participants’ God talk. Such commonality may include common, dialogue should start with nonreligious issues, reecting the. partners speak; therefore, it is imperative not to overlook the. than the plural expression’ (Mbiti 1990:13). This bitter conflict has led to wanton destruction of lives and property, and this has become a source of great worry to … There is a clear need for this radical separation to be addressed. 8189. or aboriginal; a set of these beliefs or customs. Monographs and edited collections have proliferated across and between numerous disciplines. The traditional religious view in Igbo concept of death is that a man is dead when his soul leaves the body for the land of the dead . This statement is relevant to the way the Church should deal with traditional African beliefs. 0000141106 00000 n 0000141029 00000 n 0000123139 00000 n Access scientific knowledge from anywhere. 0000010792 00000 n While culture is certainly obvious to anyone who has participated in the encounter that technical assistance implies, its implication is not well understood, especially if we can expand culture beyond styles of dress and something that East Europeans have and Western experts don't. The article closes by highlighting some possible dangers of regulating religion in a context riddled by economic inequality such as in South Africa. We focus on the over 100 years of Christianity in northern Nigeria, with particular emphasis on the Tiv of central Nigeria. Our work is based on the conviction that the construction of whiteness and the phenomena of European colonialism are fundamentally interconnected, and that whiteness studies must be “Re-Oriented” to take this into account. to reach happiness and self-fulfillment, and romantic partner choice became a new ideal, Dialogue education should be embraced. Narrative inquiry as a philosophical framework was applied, which presupposes equality between the researcher and the participant, the unmediated representation of words as data, the researcher as auto-ethnographer and respectful submission to subjectivity. culture, because African culture has a great level of religious. After engaging in a dialogue with the biblical values and Akan traditional religious values on a common platform, it was identified that there are basic concepts of commonalities that exist between them, which include common belief in God, family systems, sacrifices, naming ceremonies, prayers, belief in ancestors, etc. and members of interreligious dialogue as unequal partners. 1. Dr. Mbiti states, "as long as African Theology, both oral and written keeps close to the scriptures, it will remain relevant to the life of the church in Africa and will make lasting contributions to the Theology of the Church universal." 0000120016 00000 n 0000139660 00000 n peace despite different religious tradition. 0000013531 00000 n The, They were perceived as expressions of ‘heathen unbelief and. vast continent of Africa into one, and ignore the differences of culture, belief and practise. Its authors develop a complex understanding of the articulation of gender and race relations, and constructively call into question knowledge produced by White feminists. They counteracted various derogatory names given to AIR. to speak and produce alternative to dominant discourse. Apart from the theological and spiritual, differences and concerns, there are concerns, have the church for his mother’ (cited by Gort 2008:748). This collection offers an explicit challenge both to work on race in the United States (which has tended to elide the foundational significance of its settler-colonial origins), and to historical scholarship on British empire-building (which remains deeply conflicted over the significance of race)3. 0000101182 00000 n Consequently, we proposed the adoption of ethno-hermeneutic and community theologising to make for critical contextualisation of Christianity amongst indigenous people. predominantly a non-Western religion. Nash makes the distinction by saying that spirituality is an inward expression, while religion is an outward expression of faith. This article concerned itself with the modern encounter between Christianity and African Indigenous Religion (AIR) in Africa. 0000016702 00000 n The focus of the book is on East Africa, and particularly Kenya, where the author lived and worked for ab out 25 years. 0000142063 00000 n 0 Basis of Sanctification. no unanimous agreement as to whether it is religions in, Africans are notoriously religious and there are different, beliefs and tradition according to ethnic groups. The position I critique in this paper is really a complex of closely overlapping positions, some more theoretically sophisticated or better grounded empirically than others. In Christianity, prayers are offered to God through a medium, Jesus Christ and in traditional african religion, prayers are offered to God through a medium, ifa or sango or amadioha etc. 1279. They are invoked to share at gatherings, (Oborji 2002:24). spirits, ancestors, one’s family and community, but, 2002:23). ‘postcolonial’ or ‘postcolonialism’. Adherents of traditional religions in sub-Saharan Africa are distributed among 43 countries and are estimated to number over 100 million.. Extensive contact in many African countries and several African cultures and languages provide a comparative … 0000011825 00000 n 0000118365 00000 n 0000005324 00000 n 2 However, the heavy expense 3 involving four killings, plus beer and other food f or the feasting and feeding of attendants over several weeks, meant that, in practice, it was frequently postponed, even until after marriage. 0000118931 00000 n 0000123492 00000 n Ashcro, B., Griths, G. & Tins, H., 1989. the Christian faith will have on them during childhood. 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This is effectively investigated by examining contending and complimentary claims to expertise among those differently located in the process of transition and technical assistance. witness’ of one’s convictions. In Latin America, marriage was and remained less common than in other world regions - due to the prevalence of consensual unions - but marriage rates were nevertheless on the rise. similarities between the traditional beliefs of Africans in Africa. This work supported the authors’ classroom communities to move from dialogue toward collective action. should be characterised by mutual respect, understanding. achieving genuine dialogue with AIR (1996:551–552): words, ‘pejorative terminology’ must be banished. Inter-religious relations, especially, among African Traditional Religion (ATR) worshippers, Muslims and Christians are becoming sources of social tension and violence. The African traditional 0000007417 00000 n 0000119002 00000 n Indigenious Religion (AIR) and Christianity as a, (Gort 2008:756). possibility of a genuine interreligious dialogue. 0000141484 00000 n Although they (African religious systems) were separate and self, contained systems, they interact with one, one another to different degrees. can truly observe the following as the main obstacles to, ‘primitive religion of animism and polytheism’. The reason for the secret practice was that the missionaries, by the 19th century, opposed to traditional African practices that they considered barbaric. In Africa, there, on the Ultimate Reality without absolutizing. The significance of cultural know-how and language, the distribution of business competence in general and in specific tasks, and the articulation of these assessments with the power relations implied in transition culture and center-periphery relations are the main substantive foci of the paper. No person can be forced to remain Christian against one's will. This study seeks to revisit and evaluate the “combat theology” developed by Canaan Banana, a contemporary theologian, Methodist minister and the first president of Zimbabwe, notably with regard to the issue of land dispossession. Kindly read thoroughly and take notes if you must. 0000012870 00000 n secret. Natural religions are indigenous and automatically a part of the person’s life, while salvation religions have to be converted into. As. It is essentially a postcolonial approach to what AIR and its essential characteristics is: God and humanity, sacrifices, afterlife and ancestors. Christianity, from its inception, has always demonstrated a conscious effort to communicate the gospel in ways that engender transformation. … The argument in this paper is that sub-Saharan Africa should yearn for a paradigm shift not only to ensure the decolonisation of the RE curriculum, but also crucially to challenge embedded colonial residues inherent in stakeholders ‘manning the gates’ ensuring that decolonised RE is supported and implemented effectively in the curriculum and schools. determined by orthopraxy and not by orthodoxy. It critiques the missionary/European epistemological hegemony that continues to render RE a colonial rather than a postcolonial project. 2. 0000140378 00000 n EFAA�Њd G�������+���ig6 Ǣ�M�n[��0ma`R�rT{ 2lQ 0�ɞ�q@\�f�gY�x�9����A��#��b�_C�y����v�d�60q��=a�0��ݷ��1�㫟"�7$X����9X������y��yy��b GNpL�����а�!�9�����ކ�I&�m�xo0+�+�4�4��c������A�@5c. In The Location of Culture, he uses concepts such as mimicry, interstice, hybridity, and liminality to argue that cultural production is always most productive where it is most ambivalent. Tradition can mean: a belief, custom or way of doing what has. 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The historical origin of Christianity and. This level, life’ (Gort 2008:760). 0000007133 00000 n In the United States former slaves obtained the right to marry and to formalize existing bonds after the Civil War, leading to a convergence in marriage patterns between the black and white population. 30–40, Paragon House, St. Paul, MN. European Christian missionaries from 16th century onwards see African religions as demonic, primitive, evil & stupid • 2. 0000100916 00000 n 0000119628 00000 n This paper focuses on the conicts between African Traditional Religion and Christianity. In the process of dialogue. There, 1990:3–5). continues to be practiced even in the present. 0000122160 00000 n 0000120384 00000 n (vii) Marriage without children is incomplete in traditional African communities whereas for Christians marriage is complete with or without children. Commonalities between Christianity and Africa Traditional Religion Creator God The supreme being in most African Traditional Religions is seen as the creator of humans and all other living things. trailer public presentations on the contrast between African and European ("Western") culture. 0000122669 00000 n In African traditional religion, worship was done through the ancestors and spirits while in Christianity worship is done to God through the Holy Spirit. This supreme being is viewed in different forms and dwelling places, yet he is the almighty. The article interrogates several facets of Banana’s liberationist view of justice with regard to the land issue, including (a) speaking truth to political power, regardless of consequences; (b) bearing a prophetic witness vis-à-vis the church’s own complicity in wrongdoing; as well as (c) making a distinction between the selective acts of “liberating violence” and the systemic violence inherent in unjust socio-political structures. A former missionary who visited Nigeria, Harry Sawyer, reported that: I have never been able to see any actual performance, but one night, travelling by car up to the college on. 0000049952 00000 n the deity or the ancestors. 1816 98 Traditional African Religion • 1. ... enabled African traditions to co-exist alongside the dominant world religions f o Christianity and Islam, and in many cases to form a syncretistic and eclectic religious ... whether African Traditional Religion should be termed … religious dialogue at the academic level in Africa. This is a pervasive religious worldview with a dominant and powerful influence on man in traditional Africa. Differences between African Traditional Religion and Christianity. Without it, a girl was liable to fall ill after marriage, be barren, or have sickly children. It calls for the re-conceptualisation of RE de-linked from colonial/Eurocentric thought patterns and presents an ‘envisioned’ decolonised RE (post-confessional, inclusive and multi-faith) that speaks to the political and socio-cultural reality of a postcolonial environment in sub-Saharan Africa. 0000048693 00000 n Moreover, they were expected to support and enforce the missionary position. 0000121076 00000 n 0000123605 00000 n 0000007275 00000 n Join ResearchGate to find the people and research you need to help your work. 0000005295 00000 n Secondly, the ‘God-images in Africa’ were applied. Man quickly broke the covenants and that is what has caused a separation Creator God and humans. Religions of Africa ... ern coastal countries and in southern Africa, Christianity is the predominant religion. This left them in a very uncomfortable dilemma when rank and file Xhosa Christians were unwilling to abandon the customs. The role of Africanness in constructing these God-images constitutes a special point of inquiry in this article, as reflected in the images of God defined by God the Great Ancestor and Divine Spirit, and God with whom a mystical union is formed. 0000118089 00000 n Christianity is different from all other religions. intelligence and a crime against humanity. This actually means that in AIR, there is an afterlife, Salvaon in African Indigenous Religion, The rst preliminary statement on the salvation in AIR starts, covenant of love between God and mankind by creation, correct to say that African religious systems of ancestors, on that revelation and according to Oborji, it is also based on, the Africans’ pre-Christian idea of salvation and the security. This paper focuses on claims made in in depth interviews with 27 indigenous managers, expatriate managers, American interns and local fellows in the William Davidson Institute 1995 research projects. In Western Europe marriage was increasingly regarded as the only way 0000049573 00000 n 0000016821 00000 n As it is, are missionary religions; the adherents of. 6 Wilson, Reaction, p. 166; also Soga, The Ama-Xosa, p. 219. In this essay I would like to touch briefly on the historical and contemporary attitudes of Christianity toward other religions and then sketch out what in my view are the four main levels of interreligious dialogue. The vast majority of people practiced traditional African religions, while adherents of Christianity and Islam combined made up less than a quarter of the population, according to historical estimates from the World Religion Database. AIR. 0000140065 00000 n 0000121585 00000 n This is followed by deciphering attitudes towards religion that emerge from the commission’s recommendation for the regulation of religion in South Africa. In the second half of the nineteenth century, a number of traditional Xhosa social customs were opposed by missionaries who tried to insist that their Xhosa converts abstain from all observance or participation on pain of discipline, even expulsion from the church. The two Abrahamic religions are widespread across Africa… The author’s research has shown that the relatively long presence of Christian mission work in Nigeria (especially amongst the Tiv) has not significantly altered the world view of the professed adherents of Christian faith, as it remains largely traditional rather than biblical. 0000119987 00000 n It evolved through many centuries, before the westerner come to Africa. step toward syncretism. contexts. 0000008695 00000 n Sartre's contribution to these debates was an adumbration of a “knotted Europe,” the provincialization of Europe whilst retaining a commitment to universalism, and a notion of Europe as an ongoing project rather than an ossified identity. appeared laughable under this circumstance. While in some ways the institution of marriage became threatened - for instance African Religion in Western Conceptual Schemes: The, Understanding African Tradional Religion, , pp. The evangelistic mandate of Christianity and the very nature of Jehovah God encompasses all ethnic groups on the planet. 0000004548 00000 n 0000003382 00000 n This is a 3-hour summary lecture on the basic components of African Traditional Religions. Therefore, Christianity is not a religion. 1816 0 obj <> endobj community of various religious faith’ (Adamo 1989:82–88). This article concerned itself with the modern encounter between Christianity and African Indigenous Religion (AIR) in Africa. In their quest to bring Christianity to Africa in general, and Ghana in particular, the missionaries downplayed and discarded the African traditional religious values. 0000139996 00000 n Love (2001) and Nash (2001) discuss the differences between religion and spirituality. The rapid growth of many religions in Africa and the revival of AIR … The making and drinking of utywala, the Xhosa beer, was also assailed with increasing vigour but will not be discussed here. In theory, intonjane was the female rite of passage at the onset of first menses, marking the passage from girlhood to adulthood and eligibility for marriage. The article first examines the different responses to the CRL Rights Commission’s recommendations by writers concerned with freedom of religion and human rights in South Africa. 0000032453 00000 n The goal of this article is to examine the contextualisation practices, successes and failures of early western missionaries, using literary critical analysis of contemporary literature and cultural phenomenological analysis, and to propose approaches to a biblical inculturation of Christianity in contemporary indigenous societies. Second, we will examine how postcolonial feminism emerged in reaction to androcentric analyses within Postcolonial Studies and to the ethnocentric dimensions of hegemonic feminism, though filiations are acknowledged. 0000004786 00000 n For centuries, African Traditional Religion in its myriad of forms was practiced by the majority of Africans, but in the last fifty years Christianity and Islam have become more prominent. In a world of turbulent political and economic change, marriage and the family remained safe havens, the linchpins of society that they had been for centuries. Ancestors act as intermediaries between, African belief are ‘apparitional entities’, which, such as objects or human beings and can. The church in Nigeria is controlled in their attitude towards self-defense by the Native Laws, Minutes of Evidence, p. 465, no. 1 Their central thrust is to emphasize the similarities rather than the differences between current movements in the world religions, particularly Christianity … In addition, the 19-nation survey finds: 1. hold and to speak their own mind (Gort 2008:758). However throughout Africa, especially in ... of traditional African religion alongside their professed beliefs. Robert de Nobili (1577–1656) were some, missionary attitudes were still guided by ‘unbridled feelings, people of different religious beliefs and, example was in 1969 in Kampala, where Muslims assisted at, Theologians (EATWOT) in Dar-es-Salaam, Tanzania, in 1976, N’sengha 1996:536). One of the other areas of conflict between the traditional religion and Christianity in Igbo nation is in burial ceremonies. However, substantial numbers of people (including nearly six-in-ten Nigerians and Rwandans) say religious conflict is a very big problem in their country. but material interests remained nevertheless guiding principles in the selection of a partner for life. <<1EAFBC79B2C4B8499277247EEB4D2465>]/Prev 389426/XRefStm 3167>> Often they blend together either Christianity or Islam with their traditional beliefs, creating a hybrid religion that is distinctly African. the adherents’ confession of Christianity, AIR is not about to be extinct. Dialogue at all four of these levels is key to the establishment of interreligious convivance, which in our present world is prerequisite to the security and well-being of humanity. 0000100069 00000 n Unlike the colonial encounter with AIR, which was characterised by hostility and the condemnation of AIR, the postcolonial encounter should be characterised by mutual respect, understanding, tolerance, and some level of freedom, liberation and genuineness. Christians − are part of God’s activity in the world and, one’s partner seriously and seek to learn from their religious, Christian community to the human community of which is a. community as the locus of God’s activity. than ever before. amongst men, the abiding and self-subsistent divine life. The rapid growth of many religions in Africa and the revival of AIR in postcolonial Africa have made inter-religious dialogue an urgent necessity. This will enable those, on peace and the meaning of human life that is the source, given to the Israelites: ‘Thou shall, Dialogue with adherence of African Indigenious Religion. Despite their many obvious synergies, there has been remarkably little cross-fertilization between these approaches to understanding the modalities of race, past and present. The traditional religions and worldviews do not have creeds, they do not have to be learnt, but caught, passed on and lived. In a later post I will discuss some of the differences or contrast between African Traditional Religion and Christianity. region. 0000119250 00000 n Christ is the Mediator between … The authors explain how these tensions troubled the ways in which humanizing practices are cultivated within constricting institutional, What are the mutual implications of cultural politics and technical assistance? The dance is to prevent evil in after days, just as when a woman is married, dancing at her kraal takes place lest evil should arrive.' does not necessarily mean indigenous. Their number of differences will be mentioned below. All rights reserved. Oborji (2002) described salvation in AIR: descendants as an ancestor, and eventually (at least in some, who have made it to the Spirit land and being venerated by, (Panikkar 1975:407–409). There is no one “African Traditional; Religion”, there are many, and Christianity could be said to be one of them, since it has been in Africa as long as it has been in Europe, and almost as long as it has been in Asia. 0000119327 00000 n the above structure is real (Olupona & Rey 2008:94). 0000120970 00000 n Welcome to the summary lecture of African Traditional Religions. Whilst there were responses, of Black culture. a result, Christian religion is absolutised (Ariarajah 1976:5). 1913 0 obj <>stream It is essentially a postcolonial approach to what AIR and its essential characteristics is: God and humanity, sacrifices, afterlife and ancestors. The participants’ (re)constructed God-images are divided into two categories: images that feed on the binary between divine and human (transcendence) and images that function in the dialogical spaces between divine and human where the incarcerated have internalised an external God (immanence). text of Didache 1:4b. During 2017 and 2018 a study was conducted by the authors with 30 men serving long-term sentences in Correctional Centre A, Zonderwater Management Area in the Gauteng province of South Africa. 4 of AIR, whose religion is not a missionary religion. 0000008096 00000 n 0000049454 00000 n The proposed critical contextualisation, is essential for rooting Christianity in native populations without uprooting them from their cultures, and for ensuring neither the gospel truth claims nor the Christian world view is surrendered to native cultures in the process of indigenising the gospel. 0000122054 00000 n Postcolonial theory also, destabilises dominant discourse in the developed, challenges ‘inherent assumptions’ and critiques the ‘material. the stories and symbols of transition culture itself, we can rethink the engagement between Western experts and East European entrepreneurs and managers as a peculiar kind of cultural encounter laced with presumptions and power. 0000003167 00000 n 0000004433 00000 n Beyond rhetoric of the impact of colonialism, the paper laments the perversity of a ‘colonial caged mentality’ affecting the conceptualisation of RE in what is supposed to be a postcolonial milieu in which Africans should design school curricula that suit their particular needs. AIR, ‘fetishists’, ‘primitive’ (Mercado 2004, 2005:93–104). For many Africans and Ghanaians, in particular, it is religion more than anything else that shapes their worldview and participation in social life6. In African and Asian societies, European colonial powers tried to change the marriage customs of indigenous populations-for instance regarding polygamy and arranged marriages- but sooner or later they had to adapt themselves and their colonial administrations in order to avoid major resistance. discursive legacies of colonialism’ (Bahri 1996:1). Binary images of God are presented by the apathetic God, retributive God, controlling God and the purifying God. To some. 0000119910 00000 n When we speak of African Traditional Religion, we mean the indigenous religious beliefs and practices of the Africans. , yet he is the almighty were expected to support and enforce the missionary position two parties, writers... 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