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What do Africans believe in...

Discussion in 'African religions DIR' started by Cypress, Jun 5, 2010.

  1. Cypress

    Cypress Dragon Mom

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    ...when they have not converted to Islam or Christianity?
    I have as good as no information about native African religions and would seriously like to know more.
     
  2. Rainbow Mage

    Rainbow Mage Dharma Learner

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    The only thing I know is that in southern Egypt (Nubia) some still practice the old Kemetic religion. It's called Nubianism. There are also other African indegionous religions still in existence like the religion of the Yuroba people.
     
  3. Breathe

    Breathe Bitter Edgelord :^)

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    Traditional African religions.

    African religions are quite varied, but are usually similar to each sister religion in the same way say Greek and Roman beliefs are similar to one another.
     
  4. Rainbow Mage

    Rainbow Mage Dharma Learner

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    Yes African religions are very similar to one another
     
  5. Cypress

    Cypress Dragon Mom

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    Kemetic religion - is that the old religion of Egypt?
     
  6. Rainbow Mage

    Rainbow Mage Dharma Learner

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    Yes it is, and those in southern Egypt who still practice it call it Nubianism. I practice a reconstructionist form of it.
     
  7. Breathe

    Breathe Bitter Edgelord :^)

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    It's still practised?
    Can you share the differences between modern and reconstructionist sometime?
     
  8. Rainbow Mage

    Rainbow Mage Dharma Learner

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    Well Reconstructionist is actually a lot more organized then the modern day form of Nubianism. Remember, most in Egypt are Muslim. Some who keep Nubian practices in Egypt are also Muslims. They do it more out of heritage then belief a lot of them. They don't have like a Priesthood or Nisut (Pharoah) like we have.
     
  9. Rainbow Mage

    Rainbow Mage Dharma Learner

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    They do simple little things like visit the temple of Hethert for fertility, or pour incense into the Nile River, or pray to the Blessed Mother as the Cow Lady, which cows are symbolic of Hethert.
     
  10. Breathe

    Breathe Bitter Edgelord :^)

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    Cheers bro :)
     
  11. Rainbow Mage

    Rainbow Mage Dharma Learner

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    Remember any form of African indegionous religion that still exists would be very much a shadow of it's former self. Africa has had it's culture and land raped twice by Christians and then Muslims. And it's very much a crime in some parts of Africa to practice the folk religions.
     
  12. Rainbow Mage

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    We'd like to bring a Kemetic revival to Egypt or at least get some house members there, but the government won't allow it. There are some people there who would want to. They may even would accept that Rev. Tamara Siuda is the Nisut of their people.
     
  13. Cypress

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    I would really like to know more about Kemetic religion.
    Do goddesses play an important part in it (Isis)?
     
  14. Rainbow Mage

    Rainbow Mage Dharma Learner

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    I myself am a son of Sekhmet-Mut, and so I'm devoted to her :)
     
  16. simonremi

    simonremi African Spiritualist

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    There are many unbroken African religious traditions all over, although especially in central Africa. African countries were exploited, but African traditional religion certainly didn't go into a decline or undergo huge modifications like was seen in the African diaspora and the development of traditions like Haitian Vodou, Obeah, etc.

    It is also worth noting that African religion began to mix with Christianity before the slave trade and not only in the diaspora, but also in Africa itself. African kingdoms (example, in Benin) had begun to adopt and practice Christianity alongside African traditional religion, merging the two freely, before it became a necessity in the diaspora. So in a sense there are Christian practices that are very African in content and origin, with Jesus and the Saints already being associated with African spirituality in the continent.
     
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    aiouinfo New Member

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    nice sharing thank for
     
  18. Philomath

    Philomath Sadhaka

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    As an African person myself I wish I could tell you but I don't know. Everything from my experience of African religion/spirituality has involved the Abrahamic religions.
     
  19. Breathe

    Breathe Bitter Edgelord :^)

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    Have you looked through Wiki to see different African religions?

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Serer_religion
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Odinani

    Or looked at Voodoo and Vodou, Candomblé, and similar Afro-Americas religions?
     
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