[African Divinities: Lesser gods in Traditional African Religion]

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Opoku, Kofi, Traditional African Religion [July 18, 1972]


Kofi Opoku

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

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This recording features Kofi Opoku delivering a lecture on African divinities. In the lecture, Opoku discusses the creation of the lesser gods. He explains how these gods are messengers of the supreme God. He also discusses the idea of community in African tradition.

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00:00:03 Audio begins with Kofi Opoku discussing divinities and their role in African traditional beliefs and practices.

00:00:55 Talks about how the lesser gods are believed to have been created by the supreme God and are God’s messengers.

00:05:35 Talks about how lesser gods have priests and priestess ministering for them at different shrines.

00:12:00 Talks about the strength of the idea of community in African tradition and how deities have various communities.

00:24:31 Talks about Yoruba and healing medicine.

00:41:12 Talks about African drums and drummers and the occasions which they are played.

00:43:42 Questions from audience.

01:16:05 Audio ends.


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