African Traditional Religion
The traditional religions of Africa are dynamic and have developed from prehistorical time through the impacts of “the scramble for Africa” (late 1800s) into our contemporary world. There is need for teachers to understand African Traditional Religions (ATRs) with examples drawn from across Africa through categories of analysis appropriate to the role that religion plays as a cultural force in Africa. Through this study students will gain a greater appreciation for cultural context and a broader perspective on global issues regarding colonial and postcolonial encounters between diverse religious identities. The course centers on the aspects of African religion including God, ontology (Human), and cosmology (nature).
The course explores the heritage of African religion. It aims to introduce African students to the knowledge of their own religious background. To find out what traditional values can be embraced by historical religions and those which may be changed and those which can be discarded. The course centers on the aspects of African religion including God, ontology (Human), and cosmology (nature).
To develop a historical and contemporary appreciation of African Traditional Religions (from pre-colonial to post-colonial time, approximately 1000 to 2000 C.E.).
COURSE LEARNING OUTCOMES
By the end of the course unit, students should be able to:
- Perceive the unity in diversity of African society.
- Indentify the basic beliefs in African Advanced Religious heritage.
- Assess the way other religions perceive African indigenous religions heritage.
- Understand the religious African man as a religious being who knows God
- Explore the secular and the sacred aspect, of life in African day today living through ceremonies, festivals and rituals.
- Live his/her faith in an African way