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
One of the overwhelming features of African traditional religion is the belief in the Supreme Being (God). In most cases, the belief in God is closely connected with the story of the creation of the world. In this connection, various peoples of Africa have legends that tell the story of the creation of their communities and the entire universe. It is a truism that the African conception of the creation of the world often contravenes Western scientific and Christian doctrine's interpretations and findings. A point that remains indisputable is that no creation story outweighs any other—because different people have diverse belief systems and often cling to their own views about the world in which they live. A critical look at the basic concepts of the legends and creation stories indicates that, in African traditional religion, the primacy of the Supreme Being is prominent. Also, most African narratives provide insight ...