Pub. date: 2009 | Online Pub. Date: January 26, 2009 | DOI: 10.4135/9781412964623 | Print ISBN: 9781412936361 | Online ISBN: 9781412964623| Publisher:SAGE Publications, Inc.About this encyclopedia
Molefi Kete Asante
The Efik people live in the southeastern part of Nigeria and the western part of Cameroon. They number about 500,000. The traditional religion of the Efik people begins with the idea of Abasi, the Creator, as the Supreme Being. According to the oral traditions of the Efik, Abasi's wife, Atai, convinced him to permit two of their children, a female and a male, to settle on the Earth. They were told they could not reproduce because Abasi did not want humans to challenge his wisdom and authority. The children violated the rule that was set down by the Supreme Being. Another narrative has Abasi creating two humans and then prohibiting them from ...