Encyclopedia of African Religion, 1st Edition

  • Published By: SAGE
  • ISBN-10: 1412964628
  • ISBN-13: 9781412964623
  • DDC: 299.603
  • Grade Level Range: College Freshman - College Senior
  • 866 Pages | eBook
  • Original Copyright 2008 | Published/Released February 2009
  • This publication's content originally published in print form: 2008

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Overview

African religion has increasingly captured the attention of social scientists, philosophers, and humanists as new ethical and moral issues have expanded the desire for a science of cultural knowledge capable of advancing a multidimensional portrait of humanity's responses to environment, relationships, and uncertainty. Involving numerous theoretical and methodological approaches to the emergence of ethical, moral, and ritual ideas, the field of African religion has tended toward a unification of thought which could best be seen through comparative lenses. Exposition of the activities and concepts of the divine, the nature of humanity, the end of life, the conquest of fear, and the quest for the attainment of harmony with nature and other humans are at the center of the process of the scholarly study of African religion. Note that the audiences for this volume consist of undergraduates, graduate students, and the informed lay public in the United States and other parts of the world. The volume is conceived as a work that will be in every major library and many museums in the world. At the present time, there is no comparable encyclopedia, and ours should be well received in fields such as religion, Africana Studies, religion, sociology, and philosophy.

Table of Contents

Front Cover.
Half Title Page.
Editorial Board.
Title Page.
Copyright Page.
Contents.
List of Entries.
Reader's Guide.
About the Editors.
Contributors.
Introduction.
1: Abaluyia.
2: Abasi.
3: Abela.
4: Abosom.
5: Abuk.
6: Adae.
7: Adinkra Symbols.
8: Adu Ogyinae.
9: Africism.
10: Afterlife.
11: Age Groups.
12: Agricultural Rites.
13: Agwe.
14: Aida Wedo.
15: Air.
16: Aiwel.
17: Akamba.
18: Akan.
19: Akhenaten.
20: Akhetaten.
21: Alafin of Oyo.
22: Altars.
23: Amen.
24: Amenhotep.
25: Amma.
26: Amokye.
27: Amulet.
28: Ananse.
29: Ancestors.
30: Ancestors and Harmonious Life.
31: Animal Images.
32: Animals.
33: Animatism.
34: Animism.
35: Ankh.
36: Anubis.
37: Anukis.
38: Apep.
39: Apis.
40: Apuleius.
41: Asamando.
42: Asante.
43: Asantehene.
44: Asase Yaa.
45: Ashe.
46: Aten.
47: Atum.
48: Ausar.
49: Auset.
50: Ax.
51: Azaka, the Loa.
52: Azande.
53: Ba.
54: Babalawo.
55: Baga.
56: Baganda.
57: Bakongo.
58: Bakota.
59: Balanta.
60: Balengue.
61: Bali.
62: Baluba.
63: Bamana.
64: Bamileke.
65: Bamun.
66: Bantu Philosophy.
67: Banyankore.
68: Banyarwanda.
69: Bariba.
70: Barotse.
71: Bassa.
72: Basuto.
73: Bata Drums.
74: Batonga.
75: Bats.
76: Batwa.
77: Bawon Samdi.
78: Baya.
79: Beads.
80: Beja.
81: Bemba.
82: Bes.
83: Bete.
84: Birds.
85: Birth.
86: Blessing.
87: Blood.
88: Boats.
89: Bobo.
90: Bois Caiman.
91: Bokonon.
92: Bondo Society.
93: Bondye.
94: Book of the Coming Forth by Day (The Book of the Dead).
95: Boukman.
96: Bubembe.
97: Bubi.
98: Bulls.
99: Bulu.
100: Bumuntu.
101: Burial of the Dead.
102: Calamities.
103: Candomblé.
104: Caves.
105: Ceremonies.
106: Chagga.
107: Chaminuka.
108: Chewa.
109: Chi.
110: Children.
111: Chiwara.
112: Chokwe.
113: Circumcision.
114: Clay.
115: Clitorectomy.
116: Color Symbolism.
117: Congo Jack.
118: Conjurers.
119: Convince.
120: Cosmology.
121: Cowrie Shells.
122: Creation.
123: Crossroads.
124: Cultural Relocation.
125: Curse.
126: Dagu.
127: Danbala Wedo.
128: Dance and Song.
129: Dausi.
130: Death.
131: Desounen.
132: Destiny.
133: Diaspora.
134: Dinka.
135: Diola.
136: Dioula.
137: Disease.
138: Divination Systems.
139: Divinities.
140: Dogon.
141: Dogon Religion and Science.
142: Dreams.
143: Drum, The.
144: Duala.
145: Dwat.
146: Dyow Initiations.
147: Earth.
148: Efik.
149: Egungun.
150: Ekoi.
151: Ekpo Secret Society.
152: Elders.
153: Eleda.
154: Eniyan.
155: Ennead.
156: Epa Society.
157: Epistemology.
158: Esu, Elegba.
159: Eternal Life.
160: Evil.
161: Ewe.
162: Eye of Horus.
163: Ezili Dantò.
164: Ezili Freda.
165: Fa.
166: Family.
167: Family Rites.
168: Fang.
169: Faro.
170: Fatiman, Cécile.
171: Fertility.
172: Fetish.
173: Fire.
174: Flag and Flag Planting.
175: Fon.
176: Food.
177: Fula (Fulbe).
178: Funeral.
179: Ga.
180: Gamo Religion.
181: Gèlèdè.
182: Ginen.
183: God.
184: Goddesses.
185: Gola.
186: Govi.
187: Groves, Sacred.
188: Gulu.
189: Guro.