Sankofa Bonfire Lecture Series: Week 1

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It is no exaggeration.. to say that in Traditional Africa, religion is life and life, religion. Africans are engaged in religion in whatever they do – whether it be farming, fishing, hunting; or simply eating, drinking, or traveling. ~Kofi Asare Opoku

Today we held the first in a 4-part series on Traditional African Spirituality. Leading the discussion was Dr. Alkebulan, who touched on so many different aspects of understanding the topic. Parts of the topic covered included:

  • What is African Spirituality
  • What African Spirituality is not, and how Eurocentric lenses have come to demonize it
  • The concept of God/Ashe!
  • Primary features of African Spirituality
  • Ancenstors
  • Connecting to the Spirit world

This session helped attendees to have a broader perspective on the topic of Traditional African Spirituality, and set the foundation for future discussions. We are making the recording from today’s session available along with some suggested readings. For now, please review the associated readings linked below.

Feel free to contact us with any questions you may have. Use the following link to sign up to receive access to the remains discussions in this series. Lecture Sign Up

West African Traditional Religion

Afrocentricity & African Spirituality