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Title:Two New Religions, One Analytic Frame
Author:Ottenberg, Simon
Periodical:Cahiers d'études africaines
Geographic term:Sierra Leone
Religion and Witchcraft
Peoples of Africa (Ethnic Groups)
External link:https://doi.org/10.3406/cea.1984.2195
Abstract:Drawing on his research in Wara Wara Bafodea chiefdom in northern Sierra Leone, the author develops an analytic orientation that allows for the examination of both Islamic and Christian influences within the same framework. He analyses the reaction of the population at Bafodea to Islam and to Christianity from the perspective of their own cultural knowledge and experience, and concludes that similar responses to both religions are a function not only of similarities in Christian and Islamic beliefs, practices, and world-view, but also of basic Bafodea cultural values and of individuals in the culture striving to end misfortune and to dissipate a sense of neglect. Bibliogr., notes, sum. in French p. 531.