Portal:Traditional African religion

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Introduction

The traditional African religions (or traditional beliefs and practices of African people) are a set of highly diverse beliefs that include various ethnic religions. Generally, these traditions are oral rather than scriptural, include belief in a supreme creator, belief in spirits, veneration of the dead, use of magic and traditional medicine. The role of humanity is generally seen as one of harmonising nature with the supernatural.

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The Nommo are mythological ancestral spirits (sometimes referred to as deities) worshiped by the Dogon tribe of Mali. The word "Nommo" is derived from a Dogon word meaning "to make one drink." The Nommos are usually described as amphibious, hermaphroditic, fish-like creatures. Folk art depictions of the Nommos show creatures with humanoid upper torsos, legs/feet, and a fish-like lower torso and tail. The Nommos are also referred to as "Masters of the Water", "The Monitors", and "The Teachers". Nommo can be a proper name of an individual, or can refer to the group of spirits as a whole.

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Festivals & Events

There are several religious festivals found in the various Traditional African religions. Some of these are listed below next to their corresponding religion :

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Babacar Sédikh Diouf

Source: Diouf, Babacar Sédikh, "Le Sérère, Paganism Polythéiste ou Religion Monothéiste" [in] Camara, Fatou Kiné (PhD) & Seck, Abdourahmane (PhD), "Secularity and Freedom of Religion in Senegal: Between a Constitutional Rock and a Hard Reality", p 860-61 (PDF - p. 2-3) [1]

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Louis Diène Faye (born : 13 February 1936 at Joal) is a Senegalese anthropologist, author and scholar of Serer religion, history and culture. Himself of Serer heritage, he undertook his secondary schooling at Thiès (in Senegal) before proceeding to study religious sciences and audio-visual at the Catholic University of Lyon.

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A terracotta sculpture from the Nok era believed to be made between the 6th century BC–6th century CE
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Nok culture
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Geographical rangeWest Africa
PeriodIron Age
Datescirca 1000 B.C.E. — circa 300 C.E.
Type siteNok
Major sitesSamun Dukiya, Taruga, Jos
Followed byKwararafa

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