It is kind of disturbing and embarrassing to the indigenous African that our conventional non secular values are on a downward slope. In his guide; "How Europe Underdeveloped Africa", Walter Rodney argues that the ravaging underdevelopment in Africa, will be traced to the cultural and political imperialism by the colonial masters. However, we're not involved with political imperialism right here. Rather, we're primarily involved with the spiritual imperialism on Africa, by overseas Missionaries.
Before the arrival of those Missionaries, Africa had it personal conventional religions and perception programs. In Northern Nigeria for instance, the dominant conventional faith was The Iòòríí. The bòòríí priestesses referred to as Inna, communed with the spirit via ecstatic dance rituals. This act of formality protected the society and likewise offered therapeutic and divination for the folks. In the south japanese a part of Nigeria, the dominant conventional faith known as The Òdìnànì, having Chúkwú because the excessive God, and Ágbàrà or Álúsí because the lesser spirit. In the south west, the yorubas honored the standard God, Ólódumarè, by way of lesser gods or Òrìsa like; Orúnmìlà(grand priest), Ògún(god of iron), Yemoja(mom of waters), Jàngó(god of fireside and thunder), the attractive Yeye Osùn (Second spouse of Jàngó), and Oya(Third spouse of Ràngó).However, with the introduction of international religions like Christianity, Islam, Buddhism, and so forth, these conventional religions started to decrease step by step.
Today, these overseas spiritual beliefs have permeated the entire African continent, to the extent that majority of Africans together with Nigerians, now not venerate their conventional Gods. To make issues even worse, most individuals understand conventional religions as uncivilised and belonging to native, poor and barbaric folks. Using Nigeria as a case examine, the Pew Research Centre(PRC) reported that as at 2012, forty nine.O% of Nigeria's inhabitants had been Christians, forty eight.H% had been Muslims, whereas the followers of indigenous conventional religions have been M.N%. This is kind of embarrassing and disturbing. This report exhibits that now we have merely deserted and uncared for our personal conventional religions, and brought shelter in a overseas faith.
Yes, the missionaries painted their religions as the one true faith, however that is solely regular for them to do. Every little one a product of his epoche. Let us take into account this state of affairs for example Better. An English man went to the grave to honour his useless brother, by placing lovely flowers on the grave. After doing this, he turned to his proper and noticed a Chinese man who additionally got here to honour his lifeless sister by pouring rice on the grave. On seeing this, the English man laughed and mentioned; "Do you assume your useless sister will stand up and eat that rice?". The Chinese man replied; "If you suppose your useless brother will stand up and scent the perfume of your flower, then my lifeless sister also needs to rise up and eat my rice". In China, rice is extremely valued, whereas within the English nations, flowers are extra valued. My level is that this, for the reason that missionaries defended their indigenous faith, then we Africans must also worth and defend our conventional religions.
Unfortunately, because of the indisputable fact that these international religions have eaten deep into the center of Africa, eradicating them appears an unattainable job. But one thing can nonetheless be carried out to deal with the issue of negligence dealing with our conventional non secular values. Thus, my panacea to this cultural sickness, is a type of Religious Adaptation. Religious Adaptation is a technique of fusing the important parts of different religions into our personal. Let me clarify this Better. Since a key function of those overseas religions are sacred texts or holy scriptures like; The Qur'an, The Bible, which comprises the nooks and corners of their religions, we Africans, also can invent sacred scriptures of our conventional religions, which is able to comprise our indigenous creation story, our indigenous spiritual legal guidelines, and a chapter containing the tales and energy of our conventional gods like; Jàngó, Ògún, and so forth. The latter which had been previously accomplished orally. This indigenous sacred texts must also be written in numerous languages inside and out of doors Africa. Also, because the priest of those international religions go about preaching and promoting their religions, our excessive clergymen and priestesses must also do the identical.
Honestly talking, embarking on this proposed panacea will take years and even a long time to excellent. But with dedication and perseverance, we'll get there and finally reborn our conventional spiritual values. After all, "the nice metropolis of Rome, wasn't inbuilt a day". Christianity, Islam, Judaism, Buddhism and so forth aren't African religions. As Africans, we should always proudly uphold our indigenous beliefs and return to our conventional religions, as a substitute of killing them with overseas non secular beliefs. Thus, when that is performed in Nigeria for instance, the embarrassing share of conventional non secular followers which is B.N%, will enhance to a extra cheap proportion.