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Announcing: The Palgrave Handbook of African Traditional Religion

The Palgrave Handbook of African Traditional Religion | © 2022


  • Ibigbolade S. Aderibigbe
  • Toyin Falola


  • Introduction to Handbook of African Traditional Religion
  • Basic/Essential Features of African Traditional Religion
    • Origin, Nature, and Structure of Beliefs System
    • African Traditional Religion and the Sociocultural Environment
    • Metaphysical and Ontological Concepts
    • The Concept and Worship of the Supreme Being
    • Beliefs and Veneration of Divinities
    • Beliefs and Veneration of Ancestors
    • Beliefs and Practices of Magic and Medicine
    • Cosmological and Ontological Beliefs
    • Liturgy, Rituals, Traditions, Sacrifice, and Festivals
    • African Circle of Life
    • Death, Burial Rites, and After-life
    • Reincarnation and Eschatology Beliefs
    • Religious Leaders: Priests/Priestesses, Medicine Professionals, and Kings
    • Illnesses and Cures
    • Secret Societies: Fraternities, Witches, Wizards, and Sorcerers
    • The Role of Women in African Traditional Religion
    • Arts, Music, and Aesthetics

The Palgrave Handbook of African Traditional Religion interrogates and presents robust and comprehensive contributions from interdisciplinary experts and scholars. Offering a range of perspectives and opinions through the prism of understanding the past about African Traditional religions and, more importantly, capturing their dynamics in the present and projecting their sustainability and relevance for the future, this volume is an essential resource for knowledge and understanding of African Traditional religions in the global space of religious traditions.

  • Ibigbolade Simon Aderibigbe is Professor of Religion and African studies. He is currently Associate Director of the African Studies Institute at the University of Georgia, USA.
  • Toyin Falola is Professor of History, University Distinguished Teaching Professor, and the Jacob and Frances Sanger Mossiker Chair in the Humanities at the University of Texas at Austin, USA. He is an honorary professor at the University of Cape Town, South Africa, and Extraordinary Professor of Human Rights at the University of the Free State, South Africa.

Find More: https://link.springer.com/book/10.1007/978-3-030-89500-6

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