Traditional African Religions Comparison Essay by Nicky

Traditional African Religions
A discussion of traditional African religions and what the various beliefs are.
# 148115 | 1,447 words | 5 sources | MLA | 2011 | US
Published on Sep 01, 2011 in Ethnic Studies (Africa) , Religion and Theology (Other)

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This paper begins with a look at the different African religions and their practices. It continues on to discuss some of the many functions of the religion, such as various divinity beliefs and also how language comes into play. The paper concludes with a discussion on how religion affects societal structures in a tribe and how it helps order each tribe.

From the Paper:

"Divination sometimes depends on external events, which are interpreted by diviners. For example, Mali Dogon elders carve squares purposefully in the fields outside of their village and visually interpret the tracks left by foxes (Pemberton 2009). Among the Baule and Guro of Cote d'Ivoire and also in Camaroon, the movements of mice and spiders are perceived of as meaningful in the divination practice (Pemberton 2009). The surface of water presents a glassy mirror that also offers diviners visual cues used for divination. Even the chance events of the natural world offer aesthetically meaningful codes. Divination codes are both "metaphoric" and "symbolic," key features of any art (Peek p. 4)."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Bourgeois, Arthur P. "Insight and Artistry in African Divination - Book Review." African Arts. Summer 2002. Retrieved April 13, 2009 from;col1
  • "Exploring Africa." African Studies Center. Retrieved April 14, 2009 from
  • Peek, Phillip M. African Divination Systems. Indiana University Press, 1991.
  • Pemberton, John III. "Divination in Sub-Saharan Africa." Art and Oracle: African Art and Rituals of Divination. 2009. Retrieved April 13, 2009 from
  • Van Binsbergen, Wim. "Regional and Historical Connections of Four-Tablet Divination in Southern Africa." Retrieved April 13, 2009 from

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