Three Religions in Africa
This paper describes the cultural patchwork of Africa.
This paper looks at how the religion of Islam, Western modern culture and ancient African cultures and traditions all come together to create the “African culture”. The writer claims that there is no one such culture and there is a patchwork of many cultures all fusing together. The countries of Mali and Nigeria are analyzed as an example.
“From the distance of the New World, Africa may appear to be a relatively homogeneous country, black and exotic and poor and fighting a losing battle against AIDS. But Africa is no more homogeneous than is the United States. It is a fascinating and ever-changing blend of cultural values and social institutions, many of them shaped by the intersection of three essential forces: indigenous beliefs and values, Western cultural values and practices, and Islam. This paper explores how these three come together in Nigeria and Mali.”