Culture and Religion
- A lot of there culture is based around there art, storytelling, dances,and music.
- People often lived in extended families.
- Many villages were matrilineal.
- They traced their descent through mother not father;when a women married however she joined her husbands family.
- The men had a lot more power over the women.
- Children learned the history of their people and skills needed as an adult.
- Kente is a colorful woven cloth they used.
- Cave paintings are the earliest form of African art.
- Wood carvers made masks and statues to celebrate African religious beliefs.
- People used music and dance to express their religious feelings to get through every day tasks, like planting a field.
-For centuries Europeans thought Africans did not have a belief.
- The majority of Africans are adherents of Christianity or Islam . African people often combine the practice of their traditional belief with the practice of Abrahamic religions.
-Most African groups shared the Igbo belief in one supreme god.
- Even though Africans practiced their religion differently in different places, their
beliefs served similar purposes.
- Islam had a far- reaching impact on northern and eastern Africa.
- Islam also advanced learning. Muslim schools drew students from many parts of Africa and introduced the Arabic language to many Africans.