AKAN RELIGION comprises the traditional beliefs and religious
practices of the
Akan people of
Similar to other traditional religions of West and Central Africa
West African Vodun ,
Yoruba religion , or
Anansi the Spider is a folk hero who is prominent in Asante folktales where he is depicted as a trickster .
* 1 Deities
* 1.1 Creator
* 2 In the Americas
* 2.1.1 Myal and Revival
* 3 References
Followers of Akan religion believe in a supreme god who created the universe. He is distant and does not interact with humans.
The creator god takes on different names depending upon the region of worship, including Nyame, Nyankopon, Brekyirihunuade ("Almighty"), Odomankoma ("infinite inventor"), Oboadee ("creator") and Anansi Kokuroku ("the great designer" or "the great spider"). It is occasionally said that the creator god is a part of a triune deity or triad, which consists of Nyame, Nyankopon and Odomankoma.
The Supreme Creator is an omniscient , omnipotent sky father . His wife is Asase Yaa (also known as Mother Earth), considered second to God. Together they brought forth two children: Bia and Tano.
The abosom, the lower deities or spirits , assist humans on earth.
These are akin to orishas in
Yoruba religion , the vodun in West
African Vodun and its derivatives, and the alusi in
The Nsamanfo are the ancestors .
IN THE AMERICAS
According to Long, Akan (then referred to as "
Coromantee ") culture
obliterated any other African customs and incoming non-Akan Africans
had to submit to the culture of the majority Akan population in
Myal And Revival
Kumfu evolved into Revival, a syncretic Christian sect. Kumfu
followers gravitated to the American
Revival of 1800 Seventh Day
Adventist movement because it observed Saturday as god's day of rest.
This was a shared aboriginal belief of the
Akan people as this too was
the day that the Akan god, Nyame rested after creating the earth.
Jamaicans that were aware of their Ashanti past while wanting to keep
hidden, mixed their Kumfu spirituality with the American Adventists to
create Jamaican Revival in 1860. Revival has two sects: 60 order(or
Zion Revival, the order of the heavens) and 61 order(or Pocomania, the
order of the earth). 60 order worships
Winti is an Afro-Surinamese religion which is largely derived from Akan religion.
* Olson, James Stuart (1996). The peoples of Africa: an ethnohistorical dictionary. Santa Barbara, CA: Greenwood Press. p. 18. ISBN 978-0-313-27918-8 . Retrieved 18 April 2010. * Sykes, Egerton; Kendall, Alan (2001). Who\'s who in non-classical mythology. Routledge. ISBN 978-0-415-26040-4 . Retrieved 2010-05-24. * Forde, Cyril Daryll (1954), African Worlds: Studies in the Cosmological Ideas and Social Values of African Peoples, James Currey Publishers, ISBN 9780852552810
* Lynch, Patricia Ann (2010), African Mythology, A to Z, Infobase Publishing, ISBN 9781438131337
* ^ Sykes & Kendall 2001 , p. 146.
* ^ http://www.cfiks.org/akanart/akanart/themes/akancosmology.htm
* ^ Lynch 2010 , p. 93.
* ^ Opokuwaa, Nana Akua Kyerewaa (2005-01-01). The Quest for
Spiritual Transformation: Introduction to Traditional Akan Religion,
Rituals and Practices. iUniverse. ISBN 9780595350711 .
* ^ Lynch 2010 , p. 94.
* ^ Long, Edward (1774). "The History of
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* National religiosity levels
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