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African Traditional Religion by Aloysius Muzzanganda Lugira

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Some are ancestors and others are the spirits of the ordinary dead—that is, Your children whom you have left here, the dead of the community who are neiyou should order money for them. You ther ancestors nor identified as outstandshould send them children. You should ing members of the community. Africans send them everything That is used in do not worship their dead ancestors, but the world . . As they have lived to do they do venerate and respect them. The this for you. Let their children live to do ordinary dead are respected as well, with it for them .

Africans have also observed that the providence of God functions entirely independently of human beings. ” Snow-covered Mount Kilimanjaro is the highest mountain on the African continent. Such mountains, including Kenya, Elgon, Cameroon, and the Rwenzori Range, are regarded as seats of divinity. The Supreme Being 41 The Possessor of All He Created In many African traditions God is not only the giver of life, he is also the possessor of whatever has been created. ” A totem in a street in the town of Possotome in Benin.

Traditional healers have extensive knowledge of medicinal herbs that they combine with a knowledge of spiritual and mystical forces. The Spirit World 51 A sangoma, or traditional diviner, using charms to interpret or forecast events in KwaZulu–Natal, South Africa. 52 AfricAn TrAdiTionAl religion his associates—also divine, but of a lesser order. The associates of God are spiritually made to head departments. These gods have been brought into being as functionaries in the God-centered government of the universe.

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