The book “Therapeutic Practices in Yoruba Traditional Religion” is a book that is invaluable for every inquisitive student of traditional religions. This book deals with various method of healing in Yoruba religions but focuses more on herbal utilization. Today, herbal Medicine continues to flourish in both rural and urban centers due to the following reasons; high cost of western drugs, exorbitant medical bills and non-availability of good hospitals in some areas. The World Health Organization has given recognition to herbal medicine as an alternative medicine that can assist the orthodox medicine in its health care delivery. In a recent report from the WHO it is stated that 80% of the population in Africa and some 2/3 countries depends on traditional medicine for primary health care. Today, herbal medicine is becoming more lucrative and attractive form of traditional medicine, Christians and non-Christians alike engaged in it. Majority of people patronize the traditional and or alternative medical practitioner for therapeutic purposes. The traditional doctors today use the electronic media, newspapers and magazines to advertise their product.
The Wiley-Blackwell Companion to African Religions brings together a team of international scholars to create a single-volume resource on the religious beliefs and practices of the peoples in Africa. Offers broad coverage of issues relating to African religions, considering experiences in indigenous, Christian, and Islamic traditions across the continent Contributors are from a variety of fields, ensuring the volume offers multidisciplinary perspectives Explores methodological approaches to religion from anthropological, philosophical, and historical perspectives Provides insights into the historical developments in African religions, as well as contemporary issues such as the development of African-initiated churches, neo traditional religions, and Pentecostalism Discusses important topics at the intersection of culture and religion in Africa, including the arts, health, politics, globalization, gender relations, and the economy
Mystical experience maintained an enigmatic prominence among certain theologians and philosophers during the medieval era of Western Europe and the Near East. These theologians and philosophers, who were ensconced in traditional monotheistic religions, sought something extraordinary to explain the pertinent questions which they felt their particular religions had not fully answered. Such intellectuals questioned the contemporaneous understandings of spiritual devotion, metaphysics, ontology, epistemology, and even cosmology since the incontrovertible labels of traditional monotheistic religions no longer were able to vindicate these concepts. Therefore, many of these intellectuals endeavored into the past to verify the textual concepts and understandings of the ancients. In particular, Suhrawardi and San Juan de la Cruz believed ancient philosophies and religious practices to be an essential foundation for mystical experience because it provided the essential pre-experiential virtues and technologies that ultimately, could provoke this phenomenon.
Ethiopia is a country of many ethnic groups with different cultures. Each ethnic group has traditional practices transmitted from past generations and likely to be passed to the next. This study assessed the type, prevalence, magnitude and context of harmful traditional practices and violence against women as well as the knowledge and attitude of the people towards these practices in the Amhara Region, Ethiopia.Quantitative and qualitative data were collected from respondents. The results reveal that early marriage, female genital mutilation, violence against women, and food prohibition for children and pregnant women are widely practiced in the region. Though the residents have appreciable knowledge on the harmful consequences of these practices and they support less for their continuation, harmful traditional practices and violence against women are highly prevalent in the region. Thus, concerted efforts of stakeholders are suggested for behavioral change interventions to eradicate these practices.
Traditional healers are a major health manpower resource for Africa and are often the only source of health services for large population groups throughout the continent. The study explores whether human rights law can provide the means of enhancing access to traditional healing practices and ensuring their development. In Malawi where approximately one-third of the population lacks access to essential medicines, the provision of safe and effective traditional medicine could become a critical tool in increasing the access to health care, particularly in light of the HIV and AIDS pandemic. Traditional healing practices also represent a significant aspect of Malawi’s cultural tapestry and are deserving of additional protection as such. South Africa has regulated traditional healing practices through legislation and the author considers what, if any, lessons can be drawn from this approach to protecting a valuable health and cultural resource.
Ebenezer Obey and the Aesthetics of the Yoruba World is a study of the relationship between the contemporary artistes and the traditional oral artistes in terms of aesthetics, meanings and social context. The example of Ebenezer Obey's juju music in terms of free borrowing, as well as other artistes of his times, confirms the indebtedness of the contemporary artistes to the traditional oral art and chanters. Ebenezeer Obey now does to the contemporary society, using modern technology, what the oral chanters did to the traditional societies. The contemporary artistes thereby become the gapeposts for the oral chanters and new sources for the study of Yoruba Oral Literature.
Traditional land management is one of the practices that almost small household farmers were tried to implement on their farmland to improve cropland productivity in the study area.The practices were improved the physical structure of the soil by supplying organic matter through decomposition of crop residues.Land management practices also improve the cropland productivity by reducing nutrient losses by water erosion.The contribution of these traditional land management practices in cropland productivity improvement was yet not studied in the study area and that why this research intended to identify the role of the practices in improving productivity for up scaling by analyzing soil chemical properties in the laboratory.
This book is a study in the historiography of the Ijebu people living in the southwestern part of Nigeria. It attempts to put straight the history of the Ijebu-Yoruba people via the people's oriki, a genre of the traditional oral poetry of the Yoruba people. This work, among others, reveals that the Ijebu people truly have oriki. It challenges the Wadai/Obanta tradition of Ijebu history, and, it also portrays the Ijebu people as the link between the Yoruba and the WEST.
Though many ancient religions initially affirmed the monotheistic concept of God, it is unfortunately true that this concept of unity did not get perfection in those religions due to their polytheistic practices. Thus, monotheism was replaced by polytheism at maximum religious beliefs and practices in the course of time. However, of Abrahamic religions both Judaism and Islam strictly maintain monotheism by their uncompromised and unqualified concept of the unity of God. As far as monotheism is concerned, though there is apparently no difference between these two faiths, but internally there are some subtle differences. In spite of it, the monotheistic concept is the most common point of all similarities prevailed in both traditions which can surely pave the way to build up a close and harmonious relationship between Jews and Muslims which is at present more essential than ever before.
African Traditional Religion refers to the beliefs, thoughts, and practice of the African peoples which resulted from their perception, reflection, encounter, and experiences of their environment or the universe in which they live. According to Chidi Denis Isiuzo; Traditional Religions (TR) are both geographically and culturally bound. Although certain common elements can be established between the practices of different T Traditional Religious followers, it is difficult to group them as one. This explains why no specific name is used. The name is determined by the geographical location. The followers are found mainly in Africa, Asia, Australia, and, in an “inculturated form”, in the Americas. It is important to note that while there are similarities between the tribal practices of ATR, there are also differences. There are orthodox, conservative, and Reform in religious belief and practices among African traditional religion adherents. ATR is as old as the first progenitors or ancestors that ever lived in the African continent. It other words, it is a religion which has been in existence from time immemorial; it has no designated date of origin.
The book presents the research findings of my doctoral research which was designed to find out the conflict between traditional and modern parenting practices in Nairobi, Kenya. Data was collected using the-internalized-other technique in which students in form two in various schools in Nairobi province reported the parenting behaviors of their parents. The findings were compared with traditional parenting literature and inferences drawn. The findings indicated major shifts in parenting practices from traditional practices to modern ones. Majority of the families observe monogamous marriages, have fewer children and the number of relatives residing within the homes was relatively reduced. The research respondents reported that the mothers were involved in the female traditional roles like minding the children and taking care of the homes. Disciplinary practices have changed from the severe traditional discipline characteristic of traditional times to modern practices where spanking and other harsh disciplinary methods are now out moded. The research findings indicated that the mothers are more involved in the lives of their children than the fathers.
The book explores the interaction between Christianity and African Traditional Religion. It examines how Pentecostals in Zimbabwe, through a case study of Zimbabwe Assemblies of God, Africa (ZAOGA), have couched aspects of Shona traditional religion into their Christian faith in spite of their well-known adversarial stance towards the traditional religion. The book argues that Zimbabwean Pentecostals continue source and be influenced by the traditional religions in their lives.
The book contains the findings of over one year research on the intersection of African indigenous religion and Jurisprudence. The research was conducted among the Yoruba people of Southwest and the Igbo of Southeast of Nigeria. Particular emphasis was laid on Ogun, Sango and Ayelala shrines among the Yoruba and Okija shrines among the Igbo. Using Afrocentric epistemology, and phenomenology of religion, the study forcefully argues that the administration of the universe should not be left to man alone. This reasons out why African jurisprudence fuses religion and reason. Since religion permeates every facet of the lives of indigenous African peoples, it is essential that, in order to cultivate a jurisprudence that is indigenous to Africa, African indigenous religion is indispensable. Oath taking that will really be potent should therefore put into consideration the place of African deities.
The investigation in this book focused on the impact of harmful traditional practices (HTPs) on girls education in governmental and private secondary schools in Dire Dawa, Ethiopia. It enables readers to understand the occurrence and impact of some of the major Harmful Traditional Practices with special reference to female genital mutilation, early marriage and abduction in the study area. The findings of the study showed that Female genital mutilation, early marriage and abduction indicated as the top priority list of HTPs practiced in the community. These HTPs negatively affected school girls education in various interrelated aspects.
This study sought to establish the form in which the traditional religion of the Karanga people of Zimbabwe continue to exist in the modern context – In the traditional context Karanga traditional religion was very visible through communal rituals and other symbols. Today these are invisible. The question being addressed is “ Does the invisibility of the Karanga traditional religion mean that it is on the decline.”The study was carried in Masvingo urban District and surrounding areas. Diagnosis and therapy were used as units of analysis because they point to spiritual conceptions and ritual practices of the Karanga. The study established that there is an increase in traditional beliefs and practices although these have taken a more hidden form .