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Old 08-06-2018, 02:32 PM
 
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Africa never developed their 'own' religion because there was no unification. Africans 100 miles apart very often did not know each other so it would be hard to share a religion. Henry Morton Stanley (Stanley and Livingston) marked an end to that era when he shot and beat his way across Africa in the 1880's.
Livingston, BTW, was a minister among other things.
Completely not true. A broad swath of West Africa and the Congo more or less share the same gods. They have different names in different languages, but are the same gods and the same concepts.
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Old 08-06-2018, 05:15 PM
 
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There are a few white man religions that are successful in converting the africans to their religions. African Americans have totally absorbed white mans religion and worship blond blue eyed Jesus. Why have Africans never invented their OWN religions in the way that all other races have?
Sorry Christianity isnt a "white man's religion" It is a Middle Eastern religion so you can also ask how come Europeans don't have their own religions.
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Old 08-06-2018, 05:39 PM
 
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Completely not true. A broad swath of West Africa and the Congo more or less share the same gods. They have different names in different languages, but are the same gods and the same concepts.
The Congo region became Catholic quite early, when the Portuguese arrived. In fact they even developed their own Christian icons. They even had an ambassador to the Vatican. Not to say that traditional religions didn't survive in parts of the area but Catholicism wasn't a 19th C import as it was in most of sub Saharan Africa.

Religions of Dahomey and nearby Yoruba lands (Bight of Benin) had overlap. To say that Africans across thousands of miles had the same gods is plainly inaccurate. The Akan speaking regions were near to the Dahomey/Yoruba regions and had very different religious traditions. As did the Igbo and others in southeastern Nigeria.

The African religions which survived must strongly in the Americas came from the Bight of Benin region but this doesn't represent the totality. It represents the closely related African religions which could have merged most easily with the Catholicism of Cuba and Brazil (and Trinidad to a lesser degree).
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Old 08-06-2018, 06:04 PM
 
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Old 08-08-2018, 01:32 AM
 
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Sorry Christianity isnt a "white man's religion" It is a Middle Eastern religion so you can also ask how come Europeans don't have their own religions.
They did, an example would be the Gerco-Roman Gods. Africans also had religions. You can ask why they donít follow these religions today and Iíd say itís a mix of spread from empires and monotheism simply being more popular.
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Old 08-08-2018, 01:51 PM
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There are still a lot pagan rituals still practiced in Europe especially southern Europe some of which trace back to the Neolithic although most were given Christian symbolic meanings by the Romans. The pre Roman spiritual layer is still there if you know what to look for.
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Old 08-08-2018, 07:20 PM
 
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I actually think there may be truth to this. Keep in mind I believe in one God. And polytheists...are worshipping other spirits. Those spirits might have dominion over some things, but not all things. They can only fulfill the wishes of their worshippers in those things they have dominion over. And it's a "quid pro quo" relationship. You have to give something to those spirits in order to get something. So not only do you risk making the spirit angry if you don't give it what it wants, but the real God is not going to be pleased with you because you are putting another entity on equal footing with him. So you're basically putting yourself in a position to be punished twice. But this is only my idea of things.
Well the point is that when you look at the current state of Africa and Black Africans around the world it's not a pretty picture. You largely see poverty, oppression, discrimination, dysfunction, violence, high incarceration rate, welfare, criminality, family abandonment, self-victimization, gangs, lack of education, lack of social progression, and generally a lot of black on black violence.

This is clearly the not result of a God. If it is, then we are praying to the wrong God.

So Africans and those of African descent all around the world, need to stop being religious. Clearly praying is neither working or getting us anywhere. Japanese people are largely atheist and they're doing just fine.
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Old 08-08-2018, 09:07 PM
 
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If it is, then we are praying to the wrong God.

Yes, the god that's being served is money. A form of idol worship. All of Africa's problems are the result of greed. From the natives and the foreigners.
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Old 09-05-2018, 06:34 AM
 
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There were some videos on YouTube that were written in Arabic, depicting traditional Benin rituals with emphasis on the blood
aspects of the rituals with eerie music in the background and a narrator speaking in Arabic. I got the impression and vibe of
a general disdain for the religion with racial overtones. I also felt that this was Islamic religious propaganda film.

Some of the rituals involved things for which there was no logical explanation for (moving "haystacks" with NO ONE in them).
(when the "haystack" was lifted, in one case a small statue appeared with arms moving. Lifted again, nothing was there. Or
a tiny "haystack" moving by itself.

I suspect this film came from somewhere in North Africa as there seems to be an antipathy between them and "Sub-Saharan"
Africa.
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Old 09-05-2018, 11:15 PM
 
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It's probably a good thing that there isn't a universally worshiped religion based on an African god. Religion is perhaps the reason why our society as whole hasn't advanced as much as it could. There was a point in time(for hundreds of years) that the act of bathing oneself was considered a sin in Europe. I think only very few civilizations in the past has benefited from the presence of a religion, such as Moorish Spain, in which the Moors themselves were Muslim Africans and Arabs .


Fun Fact: The first monotheistic god to ever have been worshiped was by an Egyptian Pharoah, Akhenaten. The god is Aten, a deified sun. One reason or another, this monetheistic god never manifested into a world renowned religion like that of Islam, Christianity, or Judaism ; but it's not too late though. At least Aten is tangible and you know where "he" is at and what he looks like.

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