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Encyclopedia of African Religion
Ama Mazama, Molefi Kete Asante
Type: eBook
Released: 2009
Page Count: 897
Format: pdf
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1412936365
ISBN-13: 9781412936361
From School Library Journal Starred Review.Encyclopedia of African Religion Textbook With more than 68 books and 300 articles to his credit, Asante (Temple Univ.) is the most published African American scholar. Here, with longtime collaborator Mazama (also of Temple Univ.), he elevates the African religious experience above its common Western identification with primitive or tribal religions found in much broader works. Featuring nearly 500 entries ranging in length from a few paragraphs to several pages, this epic work illuminates the depth of African religious diversity through essays on topics such as circumcision, ontology, oral traditions, vodou, and zin. Yet just as diversity is central to this work, so, too, are shared experiences, as the appendix of creator names can attest. Each of the two volumes opens with a list of entries and, to enhance the reading experience, a reader's guide that collates related entries into 16 topical categories (e.g., Ancestral Figures, Communalism; Deities; and Rituals and Ceremonies). BOTTOM LINE Numerous titles focusing on particular beliefs in Africa exist, including Marcel Griaule's Conversations with Ogotemmeli, but this one presents an unparallelled exploration of a multitude of cultures and experiences. It is both a gateway to deeper exploration and a penetrating resource on its own. This is bound to become the definitive scholarly resource on African religions. [Available electronically via Sage eReference as well as Gale Virtual Reference Library.]—Daniel Sifton, Cariboo Regional Dist. Lib., Williams Lake, B.C. Copyright © Reed Business Information, a division of Reed Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved. Review "This volume is significantly more comprehensive than the relevant sections of S. Glazier’s Encyclopedia of African and African-American Religions (Routledge, 2001). Articles range from broad essays such as “Creation,” “Rites of Passage,” and “Circumcision” to shorter entries on topics such as the Pocomania religion, sangoma (a type of Zulu healer), and the Yoruba deity Ifa. There are numerous articles on the religious traditions of specific groups, as well as articles on important individuals. The religious traditions of the African diaspora, such as Santeria and Vodou, are also covered. The information is generally accurate and clear. A short bibliography follows each of the signed articles, as do cross-references, though sometimes these are inadequate. A reader’s guide lists the articles by type, and the helpful appendix lists the names of God used among different groups. Full access will be impeded by the author’s occasional use of the African form of Egyptian gods’ names, rather than the more familiar Greek forms. For example, there is no reference to Osiris, who appears here under the name Ausar, and although there is an article titled “Thoth,” his name in other articles becomes Tehuti, with no explanation. The black-and-white illustrations are sporadic, but adequate. Overall, because of its singular focus, reliability, and scope, this encyclopedia will prove invaluable where there is considerable interest in Africa or in different religious traditions."–Sue Giffard, Ethical Culture Fieldston School, New York City (Sue Giffard Library Journal )

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