Reflections on the study of religions in Africa now

In this essay, the author reflects on the study of indigenous religions in Africa. First, he demonstrates how African indigenous religions were treated with contempt by their opponents, the European colonizers, who proceeded to plant their own religion, Christianity, in African minds. The Europeans called Africans and African institutions primitive and evil, and the Africans acted as if what was said was true. Next, the author discusses the works of a number of priests and laymen considered ‘authorities’ in the field of African indigenous religions, who all appear to treat African religions with contempt.

Title: Reflections on the study of religions in Africa now
Author: Taban lo Liyong
Year: 1992
Periodical: Zeitschrift fr Afrikastudien
Issue: 15-16
Pages: 51-62
Language: English
Geographic term: Africa
Subject: African religions
Abstract: In this essay, the author reflects on the study of indigenous religions in Africa. First, he demonstrates how African indigenous religions were treated with contempt by their opponents, the European colonizers, who proceeded to plant their own religion, Christianity, in African minds. The Europeans called Africans and African institutions primitive and evil, and the Africans acted as if what was said was true. Next, the author discusses the works of a number of priests and laymen considered ‘authorities’ in the field of African indigenous religions, who all appear to treat African religions with contempt.