MARY AFST 582: African Traditional Religion: Major
Beliefs, Practices and Contemporary Forms
An in-depth study of the rich heritage of African Religions with emphasis
on how they continue to influence and mediate the experiences of
contemporary Africans. The course centers on aspects of African Religion including
afrotheism (God), ontology (human) and cosmology
The course is designed to introduce students to an African world view
and African religious heritage. The purpose of the course is to teach
about religion as a social and cultural factor. The students will be
exposed to different theories, both from the traditional African
societies and to those originating from the upsurge of the twentieth
century. The course will also seek to see how African religious
traditions can and must be a springboard for any religious dialogue with
Africans. The students will be required to compare and contrast what
they learn in class and what they observe going on in community. The
students should try to answer questions like: what does African
traditional religions have to contribute to the whole humanity today?
What role does religion play in African society today? Must Africans
always look for proofs and justification for their existence?
ATTN: This is a required course for
students registered in the Master degree programs. However the
courses African Traditional Religion Interprets the Bible or Moral
Teachings and Practices of African Traditional Religion can
substitute for this course.