0000123139 00000 n 6 Among the southern Nguni, the custom did not involve instruction in sexual matters and techniques, or Native Laws, Minutes of Evidence, p. 87, no. African Religions and Beliefs. intelligence and a crime against humanity. 0000118931 00000 n 4 Thus, even without intonjane, a girl became an intombi at puberty and could be married. 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. The three dimensions do not exist in the Christian understanding. amongst men, the abiding and self-subsistent divine life. except what the Supreme Being permits them, reincarnated (Oborji 2002:24); therefore, ancestors are people. (eds. 0000007446 00000 n 0000032725 00000 n In a later post I will discuss some of the differences or contrast between African Traditional Religion and Christianity. Intradisciplinary and/or interdisciplinary implications: This article brings into dialogue Christian theology, religious freedom, human rights and the constitution, philosophy and sociology of religion to reflect on the essence of religion and freedom of religion in the context of undesirable and dangerous religious practices. Apart from the theological and spiritual, differences and concerns, there are concerns, have the church for his mother’ (cited by Gort 2008:748). Indigenous, on the other hand, means ‘aboriginal, home-, generations. This is called the Trinity. THE RESISTANCE OF AFRICAN TRADITIONAL RELIGION (ATR) TO CHRISTIANITY: A HISTORICAL PERSPECTIVE, Decolonising religious education in sub-Saharan Africa through the prism of anticolonialism: a conceptual proposition, A critical look at Didache 1:4b and its reflection on the non-retaliation of the Nigerian church, The Bible and Akan Traditional Religious Values: A Search For Dialogue, The ramifications of missionary proselytisation on Tiv culture: Lessons for contemporary critical biblical contextualisation, Canaan Banana, Churches and the Land Issue: Revisiting Theology of Zimbabwe’s Vilified Prophet, A Cultural History of Marriage in the Age of Empires, (Re)constructing God to find meaning in suffering: Men serving long-term sentences in Zonderwater, Redefining religion? text of Didache 1:4b. What do the recommendations of the Commission for the Promotion and Protection of the Rights of Cultural, Religious and Linguistic Communities (CRL Rights Commission) to regulate religion in South Africa reflect about the commission’s understanding of religion in the country? Native Laws, Minutes of Evidence, p. 465, no. 0000100845 00000 n about serious ignorance on the part of the Christians. 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. 0000123492 00000 n , pp. 0000120016 00000 n In their quest to bring Christianity to Africa in general, and Ghana in particular, the missionaries downplayed and discarded the African traditional religious values. 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. First you must understand that Africa is a continent with with most diverse group of people in the World. In addition, it helps to dispel illusion, remove suspicion and minimise conflict, and to enable the Akans, Ghanaians, or Africans while maintaining their traditional religious values adhere to the teachings of the Bible. similarities between the traditional beliefs of Africans in Africa. the above structure is real (Olupona & Rey 2008:94). 153–175, University of Witwatersr, The Bible and the Third World: Precolonial, Colonial,and. Without it, a girl was liable to fall ill after marriage, be barren, or have sickly children. They are invoked to share at gatherings, (Oborji 2002:24). Natural religions are indigenous and automatically a part of the person’s life, while salvation religions have to be converted into. Access scientific knowledge from anywhere. Whilst there were responses, of Black culture. practiced in Africa. Therefore, Christianity is not a religion. 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. Moreover, they were expected to support and enforce the missionary position. 0000100916 00000 n 0000140260 00000 n She was a regular professing Christian. vast continent of Africa into one, and ignore the differences of culture, belief and practise. public presentations on the contrast between African and European ("Western") culture. In addition, the 19-nation survey finds: 1. 0000121047 00000 n 0000049573 00000 n These statements await further exploration by African theologians. 1.1. 0000003382 00000 n 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. 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. 0000014630 00000 n For more information on the methodology and the Davidson Institute, see the appendix beginning on page 37. what Europe and being European meant. The divinities are brought to life by the Supreme Being. It is essentially a postcolonial approach to what AIR and its essential characteristics is: God and humanity, sacrifices, afterlife and ancestors. appeared laughable under this circumstance. 0000101182 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. When we speak of African Traditional Religion, we mean the indigenous religious beliefs and practices of the Africans. One of the other areas of conflict between the traditional religion and Christianity in Igbo nation is in burial ceremonies. It is the religion which resulted from the sustaining faith held by the forebears of the present Africans, and which is being practised today in various … 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. 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. but material interests remained nevertheless guiding principles in the selection of a partner for life. This is a pervasive religious worldview with a dominant and powerful influence on man in traditional Africa. who really converts and not the one who holds the dialogue. 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. The reason for the secret practice was that the missionaries, by the 19th century, opposed to traditional African practices that they considered barbaric. in Australia and New Zealand. 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. 3. we identied her before she vanished. The church in Nigeria is controlled in their attitude towards self-defense by the continues to be practiced even in the present. 0000139996 00000 n 0000100343 00000 n Religions of Africa ... ern coastal countries and in southern Africa, Christianity is the predominant religion. step toward syncretism. Monographs and edited collections have proliferated across and between numerous disciplines. 0000009849 00000 n 0000011825 00000 n Christianity has to address this traditional religious holism/organism and its … The issue of the relationship between the Christian faith and traditional beliefs and practices has been an important consideration since the very early days of the Church. Following interviews and focus group sessions, the authors report on participants’ representations on how their (re)constructed views of God assist them to find meaning in suffering while incarcerated. 30–40, Paragon House, St. Paul, MN. of AIR, whose religion is not a missionary religion. 0000120970 00000 n 0000120519 00000 n punish the families. Since Christianity came in contact with the traditional religion, there has always been a sharp conflict between traditionalists and Christians. 0000121076 00000 n the Christian faith will have on them during childhood. Postcolonial theory also, destabilises dominant discourse in the developed, challenges ‘inherent assumptions’ and critiques the ‘material. similarities and differences in the great spiritual traditions practiced around the world today. 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. By the beginning of the twentieth century, only the campaign against utywala and other alcoholic beverages had been an unqualified 'success' in that abstention was accepted in practice as a requirement for membership in good standing in almost all mission churches. 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. In fact, the question of inculturation, Christianity, because Christianity must be Christocentric. 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 position I critique in this paper is really a complex of closely overlapping positions, some more theoretically sophisticated or better grounded empirically than others. h�b``g`��g`g`�)db@ !6�(G������`ݨ�aV��i���&cT}8v500�ҟW��р�C��pq�V���'E���xDc��p�Zz��I���'PɁ_!�r9�B)��C�&�gl�� ���iw\Nn���ʥ�)��g��O� ����$2�1Y$\xzZ�H����7�Z�̎�-�[�f�>��Fw��z�n�[k%-c���U;X=p��7.�}��xuB�] *1��u� �R�N���j@SL��� ������.��ȩ c ��T��IO�Doθ�9y���l�;�J���'�=�"�"����_�KAڏ�6��'�o� to cause sicknesses to cease (Ikenga-Metuh 1991:80). common ground is the local myth’ (Panikkar 1975:407–409). 5 As a spokesperson explained to the Commission: 'When a girl arrives at the age of puberty she must be danced for. 0000099353 00000 n This chapter will discuss the missionary attacks on intonjane (girl's initiation, puberty rite), ukwaluka (circumcision, boy's initiation rite), and lobola (bride-price). religious dialogue at the academic level in Africa. 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. through rising divorce rates in Western societies - in others it became more anchored 0000005324 00000 n African Traditional Religions are specific to each ethnic group on the continent. This separated Ghanaians, including Akans from their traditional religious values for the biblical values of the Judeo-Christian scriptures; making them Christians who are cut off from their traditional religious values. Just as an African cannot choose the ethnic contexts. AIR, ‘fetishists’, ‘primitive’ (Mercado 2004, 2005:93–104). Because God is just and Holy, He demands justice and holiness of His people. Christ is the Mediator between … 1. This article’s contribution is a reexamination of the text in comparison to its parallel in the synoptic texts to assert that the synoptic texts, instead of Didache 1:4b, suggests non-violent self-defense. As it is, are missionary religions; the adherents of. This work supported the authors’ classroom communities to move from dialogue toward collective action. Secondly, the ‘God-images in Africa’ were applied. peace despite different religious tradition. Therefore we speak of African Traditional Religion thinking of those common things. 0000141106 00000 n 0000003533 00000 n research on dialogue with Islam and AIR in Africa. between Christianity and African Traditional Religion. Instead, if we can think also about, Jean-Paul Sartre's 1961 famous and infamous preface to Frantz Fanon's The Wretched of the Earth has engendered the common impression of Sartre as an intellectual who was particularly hostile to Europe. does not necessarily mean indigenous. 5 Any trouble in the young bride was likely to be diagnosed by the diviner as having been sent by her father's ancestors, who were aggrieved that the custom had been omitted, and that she should return to her parental homestead and undergo the rite. Part two provides a condensed historical survey of the attitude of Christianity toward the world outside itself: the approach of the church to other religions changed from initial appreciation through a long phase of rejection to an increasingly affirmative posture in recent times. The principal objective of postcolonial feminism is to rethink the oppression of women through the lens of colonization and slavery. 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). Both Christianity and African traditional religion believes that the Supreme Being is good, loving, merciful, benevolent, honest, wise and all – knowing (omniscience). 1913 0 obj <>stream Christianity, from its inception, has always demonstrated a conscious effort to communicate the gospel in ways that engender transformation. (vii) Marriage without children is incomplete in traditional African communities whereas for Christians marriage is complete with or without children. The rapid growth of many religions in Africa and the revival of AIR … This article aims at introducing the readers to postcolonial feminism through its main debates and authors. 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." Difference between Religion and Christianity. The degree of concern about religious co… secret. 0000140378 00000 n 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.' In the African Traditional religion there's no specific day for worship while in Christianity there is specific day for worship. 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 . Christianity, Islam and other religions in Africa. This article concerned itself with the modern encounter between Christianity and African Indigenous Religion (AIR) in Africa. We focus on the over 100 years of Christianity in northern Nigeria, with particular emphasis on the Tiv of central Nigeria. The paper concludes with a series of questions for those who would design technical assistance. 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. 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. The African Traditional Religion has no founder. by which Africans deliver themselves from the. 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? 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