Animism - Traditional African
By: Zachary Begland, Anna Kustar, Soo jin Park
Origin of Animistic Religions
Basic Religious Beliefs
Branches of Animism
Where Animism Is?
Diffusion of Animism
Where it is Practiced Today?
Parts of Animism
Shaman performing Exorcism
Shaman's perform rituals that banish evil spirits from the body, the use masks to give them this ability
A mirror of sorts used for certain healing exercises performed by the shaman
They also rituals to cleanse people of diseases and other afflictions
A symbol in Akan, an animist religion, that means I fear none, except God
Some symbols are used to depict spirits such as the spirit of water
Some symbols are masks that ask a god for favor in bestowing upon them a supernatural ability, most times healing
Places of Worship
Impact on Social and Family Structures
Impacts on cultural beliefs and expectations
- Akan- An animistic religion in West Africa that has a supreme god, Brekyirihunuade, and the Earth is seen as a mother to the people. Many followers pray to them along with their ancestors.
- Bemba-In Zambia, has a main god names Lesa, followed by many lesser deities, some of which are considered ancestors of certain families that take part in this animistic religion.