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Title:'Pentecostalism' and African religious movements in the 21th century: a case study of indigenous faith of Africa, Ijo Orunmila
Author:Laguda, Danoye-Oguntola
Periodical:Journal of Oriental and African Studies
Geographic term:Nigeria
Subjects:African religions
African Independent Churches
Abstract:In this article the author seeks to explain the adoption of Pentecostal features by African religious movements in a cosmopolitan environment such as Lagos, southwest Nigeria. Indigenous Faith of Africa, Ijo Orunmila (Ato), is used as a model. This church, founded in 1920, is based on the Ifa corpus. It showcases the traditional religion of the Yoruba and strives to make African traditional religion relevant to 21st-century spirituality in Nigeria. Pentecostalism has become the fad for all religious traditions in the country with the appropriation of the media, crusades, tracks, itinerant preaching and participation in several social events as a means to reposition the tenets, doctrines and liturgy of their traditions. For African religious groups, Pentecostalism is adopted as a response to the dominance of Islamic and Christian groups in order to compete in the pluralized religious space that Lagos represents. It is also to shed the toga of primitivity attached to African traditional religion in the face of the modernity and sophistication that now permeates the practice of religion in Africa. Notes, ref., sum. [Journal abstract]