|African Traditional Religion: The People’s Culture and the European Perception
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The Europeans, through administrators and missionaries, carried out massive attacks on various religious rites, such as funeral, widow rites, bride wealth and polygamy. Their perception was that African were pagans and every form of paganism was to be done away with. They thought that the rescuing of people from African traditions and religious worships was necessary because they were saving them from inhumanity and barbarism. The issues of polygamy, drumming and dancing, puberty and nobility rites were said to be immoral. The missionaries said all these must be stopped because they believed and termed them as un-Christian, obscene and things that were not compatible with the Christian religion. The actions of the European in regards to the elimination and modernization of the African traditional society and religion is still the subject of several discussions and debate to date. While some people feel the role of the Europeans served a good purpose, others view it otherwise.
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