Encyclopedia of African Religion (Hardback)
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Short Description for Encyclopedia of African Religion The first available resource of its kind this encyclopedia covers all aspects of African Religion from dance and song to Obeah, funerals to magic.
- Published: 20 January 2009
- Format: Hardback 920 pages
- ISBN 13: 9781412936361 ISBN 10: 1412936365
Full description for Encyclopedia of African Religion
As the first comprehensive work to assemble ideas, concepts, discourses, and extensive essays in this vital area, the "Encyclopedia of African Religion" explores such topics as deities and divinities, the nature of humanity, the end of life, the conquest of fear, and the quest for attainment of harmony with nature and other humans. Editors Molefi Kete Asante and Ama Mazama include nearly 500 entries that seek to rediscover the original beauty and majesty of African religion. The book helps readers grasp the enormity of Africa's contribution to religious ideas by presenting richly textured concepts of spirituality, ritual, and initiation while simultaneously advancing new theological categories, cosmological narratives, and ways to conceptualize ethical behavior. It provides readers with new metaphors, figures of speech, modes of reasoning, etymologies, analogies, and cosmogonies, and reveals the complexity, texture, and rhythms of the African religious tradition to provide scholars with a baseline for future works.