WHY IS AFRICAN SPIRITUALITY SEEN AS EVIL?

WHY IS AFRICAN SPIRITUALITY SEEN AS EVIL?

What is African spirituality?

African spirituality simply acknowledges that beliefs and practices touch on and inform every facet of human life, and therefore African religion cannot be separated from the everyday or mundane. African spirituality is truly holistic. This is not to say that indigenous African spirituality represents a form of theocracy or religious totalitarianism — not at all. African spirituality simply acknowledges that beliefs and practices touch on and inform every facet of human life, and therefore African religion cannot be separated from the everyday or mundane. African spirituality is truly holistic. For example, sickness in the indigenous African worldview is not only an imbalance of the body, but also an imbalance in one’s social life, which can be linked to a breakdown in one’s kinship and family relations or even to one’s relationship with one’s ancestors.

Why is African spirituality considered evil?

Indigenous African spirituality today is increasingly falling out of favor. The amount of devotees to indigenous practices has dwindled as Islam and Christianity have both spread and gained influence throughout the continent. According to all the major surveys, Christianity and Islam each represent approximately 40 percent of the African population. Christianity is more dominant in the south, while Islam is more dominant in the north. Indigenous African practices tend to be strongest in the central states of Africa, but some form of their practices and beliefs can be found almost anywhere in Africa.

The decline of African spirituality began with the coming of the missionaries. Before the coming of the white people, Africa was diverse in its worship. There were a lot of customs, rituals and forms of worship. It is no secret that the introduction of western religions paved way for colonialism. We were taught that our ways were wrong, that our modes of worship were demonic. What is not talked about enough is that our customs and spirituality were deeply tied to our identity. When they demonized our very identity and led us to believe that their ways were better, we lost our identity and our very souls. Through the loss of this very things it became easier for us to get colonized. For as long as we thought of our ways as wrong they maintained power over us. We glamorized their ways, their worship, we thought of their gods as the true gods and forgot our worship, our gods, our very identity

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In conclusion African spirituality was demonized and has continued to be demonized because of a myth created during the colonial period. This myth was created to enable colonialism. To make us forget our identity.

 

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