Category: Africa

Many beliefs occur syncretistically. This means that some religions are combined into a whole. So the many natural religions are merged with Christianity in order not to conjure up a war because of Christianity, but also in order not to forget the old religion. Islam is also united with the natural religions in order to provide a basis for both religions. With some syncretistic religions it is unclear whether they actually pursue the Christian faith, such as the Mami Wata or the Nkabah faith. These are mainly found in West Africa and the Congo.

Traditional religions in Africa mostly consist of the belief in a higher being and several sub-gods. The higher being is supported by a totem, a living being from the animal world, which is worshiped as a representative of the higher being or the deity. The lower gods are responsible for areas of everyday life and exercise their power there. Even if these subordinate gods are ruled by the great deity, this does not appear in everyday life.

A religion that has existed in West Africa for hundreds of years is voodoo. Today Voodoo is still practiced mainly in Benin, Ghana and Togo. Voodoo is even the main religion in Benin. Voodoo means something like deity or spirit. This religion is made up of several influences. Parts of the Islamic, Catholic, Indian and African beliefs flowed in and formed a whole around trance and incantation. The rituals have a specific sequence and must be performed on specific days and in specific months. The supreme god of voodoo is Bondye, “the dear God”. Subordinate to him are some other deities and loas who are also worshiped. There is no closed voodoo belief community. Rather, believers join together in small groups and worship one or more deities of Voodoo. The voodoo dolls do not play a very central role either, as they only arose out of the necessity of slavery. At the time, slaves were forbidden to practice their beliefs. That is why the believers had modeled their deity out of wood or fabric.

The belief in voodoo is spreading. In Africa in particular, many people come back to their roots and believe in their gods again.

An African child has been surrounded by religions since early childhood and grows up with them. It takes on various tasks over time. Care is always taken to honor the ancients of the tribe and to stand up for the group and for the faith. For more information about the continent of Africa, please check

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