[Traditional African Religion and Culture]

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Opoku, Kofi, Traditional African Religion


Kofi Opoku

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

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In this recording, Kofi Opoku discusses traditional African Religion and culture. He explains how religion and culture in Africa are intertwined. Opoku explains the meaning of fetishism and paganism. He also talks about missionary work of Methodists in Africa, and answers questions from the audience.

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00:00:03 Audio begins with Henry Mitchell introducing Kofi Opoku.

00:00:54 Kofi Opoku introduces his lecture as an outline of features of traditional African religion.

00:01:29 He discusses how religion and culture in Africa are very greatly intermixed and how religion exerts the greatest influence on traditional African culture.

00:10:20 Talks about how African religion has been described as fetishism and paganism. Gives explanation of the meaning of the words. He also talks about the value of African religion.

00:25:05 Talks about Methodist missionary book.

00:45:58 Takes a question on ancestor worship and the supreme God.

01:07:26 More questions and answers.

01:22:15 Audio ends.


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