Courses Catalogue

African Traditional Religion

COURSE CODE: RED1101
COURSE CREDIT UNIT: 3
ACADEMIC PROGRAMME: Arts (Primary), B.Ed
COLLEGE/SCHOOL/FACULTY: College of Education, Open and Distance Learning
STATUS: Elective
PROGRAMME TYPE: Undergraduate

Course Content and Outline

Definition (3 hours)

  • Characteristics of African traditional Religion / heritage.
  • Approaches to the study of African traditional religion.
  • Misconceptions about African traditional religion / heritage.
  • A critical assessment of those misconceptions.
  • Sources of African religious heritage (3 hours)
  • Names
  • Sacred objects
  • Place ( sacred ones)
  • Ceremonies
  • Music and dance
  • Myths and legends
  • Proverbs and wise sayings
  • In all aspects of life
  • God in African religious heritage (4 hours)
  • Origin of the belief in God.
  • What God does?
  • Attributes of God.

Spirits (5 hours)

Types of spirits

  • Characteristics
  • Roles of spirits
  • Mystical power, magic, witchcraft and sorcery

Divinities (5 hours)

  • Characteristics
  • Types
  • Roles

Rites of passage (5 hours)

  • Birth
  • Pregnancy
  • Giving birth to a child
  • Naming
  • Categories of names
  • Initiation
  • Circumcision
  • Took / teeth extraction
  • Pulling of the labia’s among females
  • female genital mutilation

Marriage in African traditional perspective (5 hours)

  • Reasons
  • Preparation
  • Taboos involved

Morals in traditional Africa (5 hours)

  • Value of morals
  • How Africans preserved morals
  • Concept of evil and justice

Death and the hereafter (5 hours)

  • Causes of death according to Africans
  • Prevention of pre- mature death
  • Origin of death.
  • Beliefs in the hereafter
  • Case study of myths about the origin of death
  • Kintu and walumbe
  • Implications of the myths

African religions heritage in the contemporary society (5 hours)

  • Changing man and his problems
  • The coming of foreign religions
  • African concept of time

TEACHING-LEARNING METHODS

  • Lectures
  • Reading assignments
  • In class discussions
  • Guided discovery

TEACHING-LEARNING MATERIALS

  • Whiteboard and Markers
  • Flip Charts
  • LCD Projectors
  • CDs,DVDs and Tapes