Before the spread of Christianity (and Islam) by force or otherwise in Africa, Africans across the continent did not practice religion as the word “religion” is used today which is a term used for a belief system usually in conflict with science.
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Before the spread of Christianity (and Islam) by force or otherwise in Africa, Africans across the continent did not practice religion as the word “religion” is used today which is a term used for a belief system usually in conflict with science. Historically, in Africa, religion and science were not at odds. The religion of Africans across the continent before the advent of the spread of Christianity forced or otherwise, were an organized set of methods and procedures whose goal was to re-unite the Micro (man/woman) to the Macro (the supreme by whatever name, including nature, the world etc.) These methods and procedures were expressed differently depending on region, language, and problem solving of the various communities, societies, tribes, etc. but all had common themes. This accounts for the plethora of correspondences between the various cultures on the African continent. These methods and procedures were SCIENTIFIC by nature. The so-called religious text and deities are simply the worlds first Scientific Journals and the so-called gods/deities are categorical labels for a system of Ontology which is the labeling and categorizing of natural phenomena in existence. The Netcheru, Orisha, Obosom, etc are Ontological labels for various principles, attributes, and functions in NATURE. So what religion did African practice? They practiced a religion that was congruent with NATURE but expressed differently due to mode of living (pastoral, hunter gatherer, agriculturalist) and set of common solutions to common problems (culture). Be careful how you vilify “religion.”