Traditional African religions

The traditional beliefs and practices of African people are highly diverse beliefs that include various ethnic religions.[1][2] Generally, these traditions are oral rather than scriptural and passed down from one generation to another through folk tales, songs, and festivals,[3][4] include belief in an amount of higher and lower gods, sometimes including a supreme creator or force, belief in spirits, veneration of the dead, use of magic and traditional African medicine. Most religions can be described as animistic[5][6] with various polytheistic and pantheistic aspects.[7][1] The role of humanity is generally seen as one of harmonizing nature with the supernatural.[1][8]

Local ceremony in Benin featuring a zangbeto.

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