• African and African-American Religions

  • By: Victor Anderson
  • Narrated by: Ben Kingsley
  • Length: 2 hrs and 57 mins
  • 4.1 out of 5 stars (228 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

The religious ideas and practices of African peoples have much in common with each other, and with related religions in the Caribbean and the Americas. African Islam and African Christianity have developed separately since their earliest time in Ethiopia, Egypt, and the Sudan.

The Religion, Scriptures, and Spirituality series describes the beliefs, religious practices, and the spiritual and moral commitments of the world's great religious traditions. It also describes a religion's way of understanding scripture, identifies its outstanding thinkers, and discusses its attitude and relationship to society.

Don't miss the rest of the Religion, Scriptures, and Spirituality series.
©1994 Carmichael & Carmichael, Inc. and Knowledge Products (P)1994 Carmichael & Carmichael, Inc. and Knowledge Products
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Very cursory overview of religions in Africa.

This book read like either a short youtube video on Africa, or a Wikipedia article regarding Africa from a Western perspective.

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racist viewpoint. waste of time

want to hear a white supremacists view of african religion? this is it. it's basically about christianity.

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The tip of the iceberg

This book only touched on the African traditional religion. I was looking for more information on what voodoo is. I would recommend this book to someone who is not familiar with the African traditional religion but not some who is advanced.

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Awesome Book

this type of book makes me feel like I can enjoy a random book! It starts off basic as a book should, give definitions and basic ideas before it starts to shed light on a surprising amount of traditions that are also very powerful. I particularly love the last paragraph describing that (paraphrasing) immorality and state sanctioned racism (explicitly) is what is and will continue to cause all people to question their ideas about themselves and what they believe. And eventually look for escapes, power or a completely new life elsewhere.

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obvious Eurocentric examination

Brief overview of review of African religion from a euro centric point of view. It completely graded on my nerves that African religion and theology was referred to as a cult or a myth. As if Christian Stories in The Bible cannot be relegated to the realm of myth as well. I cannot speak on Islam as I have not studied studied that religion know what even pretend to be knowledgeable. That being said It minimizes the significance of African religion. I was hoping for a more in depth a more independent, Afro centric evaluation discussion and education. Something as expansive av's African religion and theology should be should be discussed by a person of African descent who has a more personal end depth and historical knowledge of such considering how vast and varied African spiritual theology is.

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the recording was fine. the information that was given are ok. one thing that did seem off is the fact that the African spiritual religions and the religions that stemmed from them where constantly referred to as a "cult" which gives it a sense of being a illegitimate religion, and also a sense of disrespect for someone's religious beliefs. it is one of the oldest religions in the world, it is just not one of the most widely practiced religions.

though it does make me wonder, do they refer to Christianity, Islam Judaism, Buddhism as a "cult " in recordings/writings about them.

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informative but lacking

This book was written from a primarily a euro centric theological construct, So it is highly influenced in its deportment and discussion of African and African American religious function, ethos and mythos. It takes some deeper analysis in order to harvest the required information Is and to provide a deeper relevance.

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It was neat to listen to.

I thought it was very neat to hear about the old gods of africa. I'm non african, but this was eye opening worth about 3 hours of your time.

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Extremely informative and revealing, well done!!!

I'm not one to usually comment but this really had an impact. This has only spurred me further to find out more. So many things culturally I've practiced without a true understanding of the origins prior to Christianity. This was a confirmation of studies I've started and lines up with other discovered information. If you're interested in prior colonization influences then it's worth it.

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Great book about African Spirituality

loved it, helps you understand the history and the orissa. if you are into divination you should read this book. if you think you know about the orisha,you should read this book it will help you understand even better.