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The Palgrave Handbook of African Traditional Religion

Palgrave Macmillan
  • Presents robust and comprehensive contributions from interdisciplinary experts and scholars

  • Offers a range of perspectives and opinions on African Indigenous religions

  • An essential resource for understanding of African Indigenous religions in the global space of religious traditions

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Table of contents (46 chapters)

  1. Front Matter

    Pages i-xxiii
  2. Introduction to Handbook of African Traditional Religion

    • Ibigbolade S. Aderibigbe, Toyin Falola
    Pages 1-25
  3. Basic/Essential Features of African Traditional Religion

    1. Front Matter

      Pages 27-27
    2. Origin, Nature, and Structure of Beliefs System

      • Ibigbolade S. Aderibigbe
      Pages 29-47
    3. Metaphysical and Ontological Concepts

      • Alloy S. Ihuah, Zaato M. Nor
      Pages 61-85
    4. The Concept and Worship of the Supreme Being

      • Dorothy Nguemo Afaor
      Pages 87-96
    5. Beliefs and Veneration of Divinities

      • Lydia Bosede Akande, Olatunde Oyewole Ogunbiyi
      Pages 97-106
    6. Beliefs and Veneration of Ancestors

      • Benson Ohihon Igboin
      Pages 107-118
    7. Beliefs and Practices of Magic and Medicine

      • Kelvin Onongha
      Pages 119-130
    8. Cosmological and Ontological Beliefs

      • Ibigbolade S. Aderibigbe
      Pages 131-141
    9. African Circle of Life

      • Segun Ogungbemi
      Pages 155-161
    10. Death, Burial Rites, and After-life

      • Segun Ogungbemi
      Pages 163-171
    11. Reincarnation and Eschatology Beliefs

      • Ibigbolade S. Aderibigbe
      Pages 173-184
    12. Illnesses and Cures

      • Kelvin Onongha
      Pages 197-206
    13. The Role of Women in African Traditional Religion

      • Atinuke Olubukola Okunade
      Pages 219-229
    14. Arts, Music, and Aesthetics

      • AdeOluwa Okunade
      Pages 231-239

About this book

The Palgrave Handbook of African Traditional Religion interrogates and presents robust and comprehensive contributions from interdisciplinary experts and scholars. Offering a range of perspectives and opinions through the prism of understanding the past about African Traditional religions and, more importantly, capturing their dynamics in the present and projecting their sustainability and relevance for the future, this volume is an essential resource for knowledge and understanding of African Traditional religions in the global space of religious traditions. 

Ibigbolade Simon Aderibigbe is Professor of Religion and African studies. He is currently Associate Director of the African Studies Institute at the University of Georgia, USA.

Toyin Falola is Professor of History, University Distinguished Teaching Professor, and the Jacob and Frances Sanger Mossiker Chair in the Humanities at the University of Texas at Austin, USA. He is an honorary professor at the University of Cape Town, South Africa, and Extraordinary Professor of Human Rights at the University of the Free State, South Africa. 

Keywords

  • Omosafe Awolalu
  • Ade Dopamu
  • Asare Opoku
  • Gnostic
  • Witches

Reviews

This is perhaps the most comprehensive book ever put together on African Traditional Religion. Edited by two erudite and astute scholars of African Studies, The Palgrave Handbook of African Traditional Religion encompasses possibly all that needs to be known about ATR from traditional origins through modernity and postcoloniality to now with globalization and its features affecting it. This Handbook is a magnum opus and brings together informed scholars of the field from across Africa and the entire globe. Ibigbolade Aderibigbe and Toyin Falola have through their assiduous editorship given the academic world the deep and broad knowledge with which to see African Traditional Religion in its true light. By often placing it beside the foreign religions, especially Christianity and Islam, and delineating its moral and ethical functions, the editors and contributors give indigenous African religion the respect it more than deserves and long overdue in coming.
Tanure Ojaide, Ph.D., Frank Porter Graham Professor of Africana Studies, University of North Carolina, Charlotte, USA

This book is a fascinating thematic study of African Religions. The editors and authors  demonstrate convincingly the global reality, relevance, and resilience of African religions at a time when some forms of revivalism seek to undermine the vitality of indigenous religions that continues to shape individual and communal values in dialogue with God.
Elias Kifon Bongmba, Rice University, USA

The book is a vademecum of all that needs to be said, known and argued about concerning African Traditional Religion in and outside the continent. This manual of 46 chapters that promises to remain relevant in the academic discipline for many years to come is hereby recommended for all readers.
Joseph Oládèjo Fáníran, Catholic Institute of West Africa, Port Harcourt, Nigeria


Editors and Affiliations

  • Department of Religion, University of Georgia, Athens, USA

    Ibigbolade S. Aderibigbe

  • Department of History, University of Texas at Austin, Austin, USA

    Toyin Falola

About the editors

Ibigbolade Simon Aderibigbe is Professor of Religion and African studies. He is currently Associate Director of the African Studies Institute at the University of Georgia, USA.

Toyin Falola is Professor of History, University Distinguished Teaching Professor, and the Jacob and Frances Sanger Mossiker Chair in the Humanities at the University of Texas at Austin, USA. He is an honorary professor at the University of Cape Town, South Africa, and Extraordinary Professor of Human Rights at the University of the Free State, South Africa. 

Bibliographic Information

  • Book Title: The Palgrave Handbook of African Traditional Religion

  • Editors: Ibigbolade S. Aderibigbe, Toyin Falola

  • DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-89500-6

  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan Cham

  • eBook Packages: Religion and Philosophy, Philosophy and Religion (R0)

  • Copyright Information: The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s), under exclusive license to Springer Nature Switzerland AG 2022

  • Hardcover ISBN: 978-3-030-89499-3

  • eBook ISBN: 978-3-030-89500-6

  • Edition Number: 1

  • Number of Pages: XXIII, 642

  • Topics: Comparative Religion, African Culture, African History, African Politics

Buying options

eBook USD 219.00
Price excludes VAT (USA)
  • ISBN: 978-3-030-89500-6
  • Instant PDF download
  • Readable on all devices
  • Own it forever
  • Exclusive offer for individuals only
  • Tax calculation will be finalised during checkout
Hardcover Book USD 279.99
Price excludes VAT (USA)