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African Religions: A Very Short Introduction (Very Short Introductions) (English Edition) eBook: Jacob K. Olupona: Amazon.es: Tienda Kindle Concise and far ranging this book is an excellent introduction to African belief systems and their spread in the modern Diaspora. I d like to read this but the kindle version is incompatible with my device Help A very interesting book that would definitely hold your interest. The author of this book, Olupona, is irrationally defensive of African religion For instance, he actually defends belief in witchcraft Not on its truth claims, of course Rather, he likens it to prayer, saying they re not so different So, he asks, who are Westerners to view the belief as harmful, irrational, etc He goes on to defend it further by asserting, without evidence, that African wives have power in relationships, because husbands fear their power due to beliefs in witchcraft So, let me get the logic straight here The irrational belief of witchcraft which we know encourages murder and conflict in Africa helps counteract patriarchy, ergo, witchcraft is not so bad If I recall correct, Olupona does point out a few of the problems with belief in witchcraft but he downplays them while playing up any perceived benefits The problems with African superstition don t seem to really draw his ire His main concern, rather, is a prolonged attempt to say Westerners don t have a leg to stand on if they seek to criticize African beliefs and practices.Let me elaborate Right of the bat he blames a substantial portion if not all of Africa s problems on Western colonialism He even goes so far as to defend female genital mutilation Yes, he defends female genital mutilation He falsely claims that clitorectemies, the surgical removal of a young girl s clitoris, is as bad female circumcision gets Well, that s patently false Infibulation, the removal of all external genitalia, is the worst, and over 8 million African women have experienced it He also likens the clitoris to the male foreskin, and asks, who are Westerners to judge if they circumcise males Except that s scientifically illiterate The male foreskin is the male version of the clitoral hood, and the clitoris s male equivalent is the head of the penis Let me also make clear that I m not defending male circumcision I m simply pointing out the numerous false claims in this bookOlupona also attempts to make African religion appear advanced in ways that it isn t To take one example, some Africans believed that there was a great goddess whose belly expanded and expanded until it popped and the earth was the product of her stomach explosion Olupona actually says something to the effect of And notice just how similar this is to the Big Bang, which is now the scientific explanation for the origin of the cosmos as if to suggest the African mythmakers had some keen insight into science or something Sorry, not buying it I d also say that, if one understands astronomy, that he she would see that this myth is not similar to the big bang at all.Olupona spends far less time than I would like discussing African animism He discusses Christianity and Islam at great length He understandably seems somewhat hostile to those religions and Westerners attempts to spread them in Africa He discusses African variations on Christianity, which is somewhat interesting And, though he won t say it, these variations are basically superstitious versions of Western Christianity He defends this added dose of superstition, saying rather euphemistically that it helps meet African spiritual needs, and it makes sense to the African people Never does he go into any explanation as to why Africans have these unique spiritual needs or why these variations are helpful.The book doesn t linger as long old African belief systems as I would like though of course that is likely due to the fact that most African religions were passed on through oral tradition Still, I think there were probably many interesting myths that Olupona left out I realize he was constrained, as this is a very short introduction, so here s an idea include myths and spend less time railing against the West s perceived offenses I did not buy this book to learn about why Olupona thinks the Westeners need to take a humble pill and are just as superstitious as Africans Rather, I bought it to learn about African myths I give it two stars because it did this to some extent. What Are African Religions African Religions A Very Short Introduction Answers This Question By Examining Primarily Indigenous Religious Traditions On The African Continent, As Well As Exploring Christianity And Islam It Focuses On The Diversity Of Ethnic Groups, Languages, Cultures, And Worldviews, Emphasizing The Continent S Regional Diversity Olupona Examines A Wide Range Of African Religious Traditions On Their Own Terms And In Their Social, Cultural, And Political Contexts For Example, The Book Moves Beyond Ethnographic Descriptions And Interpretations Of Core Beliefs And Practices To Look At How African Religion Has Engaged Issues Of Socioeconomic Development And Power RelationsOlupona Examines The Myths And Sacred Stories About The Origins Of The Universe That Define Ethnic Groups And National Identities Throughout Africa He Also Discusses Spiritual Agents In The African Cosmos Such As God, Spirits, And Ancestors In Addition To Myths And Deities, Olupona Focuses On The People Central To African Religions, Including Medicine Men And Women, Rainmakers, Witches, Magicians, And Divine Kings, And How They Serve As Authority Figures And Intermediaries Between The Social World And The Cosmic RealmAfrican Religions A Very Short Introduction Discusses A Wide Variety Of Religious Practices, Including Music And Dance, Calendrical Rituals And Festivals, Celebrations For The Gods Birthdays, And Rituals Accompanying Stages Of Life Such As Birth, Puberty, Marriage, Elderhood, And Death In Addition To Exploring Indigenous Religions, Olupona Examines The Ways Islam And Christianity As Outside Traditions Encountered Indigenous African Religion He Shows How These Incoming Faith Traditions Altered The Face And The Future Of Indigenous African Religions As Well As How Indigenous Religions Shaped Two World Religions In Africa And The DiasporaOlupona Draws On Archaeological And Historical Sources, As Well As Ethnographic Materials Based On Fieldwork He Shows That African Religions Are Not Static Traditions, But Have Responded To Changes Within Their Local Communities And To Fluxes Caused By Outside Influences, And Spread With Diaspora And MigrationJacob K Olupona Is Professor Of African Religious Traditions At Harvard Divinity School, With A Joint Appointment As Professor Of African And African American Studies In Harvard S Faculty Of Arts And Sciences A Noted Scholar Of Indigenous African Religions, His Books Include City Of Gods Il If In Time, Space, And The Imagination, Rs Devotion As World Religion The Globalization Of Yorb Religious Culture, Co Edited With Terry Rey, And Kingship, Religion, And Rituals In A Nigerian Community A Phenomenological Study Of Ondo Yoruba Festivals In , He Was Awarded The Nigerian National Order Of Merit, One Of Nigeria S Most Prestigious Honors

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