African Traditional Religions in Contemporary Society

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10
THE ENCOUNTER
BETWEEN AFRICAN
TRADITIONAL
RELIGION AND
OTHER RELIGIONS
IN NIGERIA

Josephmọṣade Awolalu

AFRICAN TRADITIONAL RELIGION (A.T.R.) is the indigenous religion of Africans.It is the religion embraced by the forefathers of the present generation of Africans.In other words, it is that religion which emerged from the sustaining faith held by the forebears of the present generation of Africans and which is being practised today in various forms and intensities by Africans, including Nigerians.It is a religion whose founders cannot be traced, no matter how far we went back into history.

The general pattern of the religion is held to be one with a belief in the Supreme Being, in divinities and spirits, in life after death, and in some mysterious powers.Because the main thrust of this paper is to examine the encounter between African traditional religion and other

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