[Traditional African Family and Religion]

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Opoku, Kofi, Hyisi Family Side 1, Religion Side 2


Kofi Opoku

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Martin Luther King Fellows In Black Religious Studies, Inc. Collection

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This recording features a presentation on the traditional African family and religion. The family is defined as the basic social unit in Africa. The woman’s responsibility and marriage is explained, along with African spiritual beings and attitudes toward the ancestors.

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00:00:52 Audio begins with an unidentified man talking about the family and structure of traditional society and the relationship to the African family.

00:01:30 Talks about the traditional African family as a domestic unit sharing common sentiments.

00:05:38 Talks about family as the basic social unit of all organizations in Africa, and as a complex social system.

00:12:21 Talks about East Africa and the ritual of transition for both boys and girls.

00:27:27 Discusses the form of education.

00:28:18 Discusses woman’s responsibilities in African marriage.

00:48:14 Talks about African attitudes towards the ancestors and Christian attitudes toward the saints and angels.

01:08:19 Talks about other spiritual beings that perform important functions in African religion and in Ghana, the manifestations of evil and good.

01:28:15 Audio ends.


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