Many Africans in one way or another have paid a visit to a traditional priest at some point in their lives in search of divine intervention. Do you remember the rituals? The sharp razor cuts on your body? Do you remember taking a bath with some horribly smelling liquid concoction? Do you remember being told to go for a week without taking a shower?
What is particularly interesting is that many people who turn to these ancestral ways of spirituality may often be born-again Christians or Roman Catholics. I am talking about the morning mass, evening mass, charismatic, Sunday service going, elders in the church, rosary praying, speaking in tongues kind of Christians.
My question though is, why is Christianity given the positive treatment, while traditional forms of worship on the other hand, are thrown under the rug of ‘pagan religions’, ‘black magic’ and ‘satanic practices’, and yet many still turn around and secretly seek out their services?
In Africa and to an extend Latin America, ancestral religions have largely been pushed to the side to embrace Christianity and Islam. In Asians, many are still deeply rooted in the beliefs of their ancestors. Here are some images of ancestral spirituality in Africa and the diaspora.
By Julius Timgum |Published In Dikaloo on September 17, 2013