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African religion
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African Religion is a term used in recent scholarly literature to describe the common features of a plethora of religious practices in African societies as manifest in shrines and healing movements, divination practices and ancestor and cult figures. Largely uninfluenced in its constituent elements by the world religions as…

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Rüther, Kirsten, “African religion”, in: Encyclopedia of Early Modern History Online, Editors of the English edition: Graeme Dunphy, Andrew Gow. Original German Edition: Enzyklopädie der Neuzeit. Im Auftrag des Kulturwissenschaftlichen Instituts (Essen) und in Verbindung mit den Fachherausgebern herausgegeben von Friedrich Jaeger. Copyright © J.B. Metzlersche Verlagsbuchhandlung und Carl Ernst Poeschel Verlag GmbH 2005–2012. Consulted online on 21 July 2024 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2352-0272_emho_COM_016619>
First published online: 2015
First print edition: 20160321

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