Traditional and Animism
What is Animism?
The idea of an animating spirit similar to the soul to include many different forces in nature and culture is what animism can be described as. The term animism is often used to describe the most common thread of indigenous tribes peoples' spiritual or supernatural perspectives.
Animist religion believe in the importance of spirits of nature.
Origins of the Religion
The Animist Worldview was originated in the Paleolithic age or 10,000 BC. The basis for animism is acknowledgment that there is a spiritual realm which humans share the universe with. The concept that humans possess souls and that souls have life apart from human bodies before and after death, along with the ideas that animals, plants, and celestial bodies have humanly spirits. Animist Worldview is classified as an ethnic religion because it appeals primarily to a specific group of people from a specific place. As of currently, there is no branches or divisions of this religion - a united religion.
Animist was diffused by Native Americans and most other religions such as Buddhism by relocation diffusion. Because Animist Worldview is the, for lack of a better word, view of the world as natural and pure. Therefore, holy places are generally outside in nature. Today, it is mostly Hindus and Muslims in Central and Southeast Asia, and Buddhists in China and Japan which combine their own religion with various animistic beliefs and practices. Even though these large countries participate in part of the Animistic Worldview, only 4% of the world's population actually believe in this.
Origins of this Religion
Basic religious beliefs the akan believe that each human being is made up of blood, soul, and personality. The soul is said to return to one’s ancestors after death. The akan believe that the high god created each person’s soul, and therefore creates an individual bond with each person
Classification of religion akan is a monotheistic religion, however it has lesser deities in the religion
Branches or divisions of the religion: Ashanti, Akwamu, Denkyira
The Akan Religion diffused through relocation diffusion. To worship, people of the Akan Religion would go to a Pentecostal church which are located throughout Africa. Today, it is practiced in southern Ghana, the eastern Ivory Coast, and the coastal Fanti to the south. Number of followers are from five to six million people throughout the globe.
Place of Worship
Impact on cultural beliefs and expectations many tributes and much respect is given to the ancestors.