Ancestry, goodness, and the relationship with christianity as ecodomical aspects of decolonization in indigenous African religions

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dc.contributor.author Simut, Corneliu C.
dc.date.accessioned 2017-07-28T05:36:00Z
dc.date.available 2017-07-28T05:36:00Z
dc.date.issued 2017
dc.description.abstract This paper is an attempt to identify common factors which constitute the foun-dation of decolonization in indigenous African religions. Since such aspects need to be essentially constructive in order to effectively and positively replace Colonial ideas, this particular search for common ground concerning decolonization in indigenous African religions is going to be pursued through the concept of ecodomy, seen as constructive process. When applied to decolonization with this postulated positivity, ecodomy coa-gulates three distinct aspects of indigenous African religions into a common reality. These three aspects are ancestry, goodness, and the relationship with Christianity; they can function therefore as common denominator for various attempts to provide indigenous African religions with specific methodology in dealing with decolonization. This article is going to investigate four such methodologies which can confer positivity as well as an ecodomic, constructive character to decolonization efforts throughout the spectrum of indigenous African religions as they are reflected in the writings of John Mbiti, Isiaka P. Lalèyê, Jakob K. Olupona, and Israel Kamudzandu, all intellectuals of different geographical origin, religious backgrounds, university training, and personal convictions. With Mbiti promoting the superiority of Christianity, Lalèyê accepting it as irrelevant, Olupona preferring to deal without it, and Kamudzandu seeing it as essential, decolonizing efforts in indigenous African religions have at least four different methodologies which all aim at providing African communities with positive and ecodomic, essentially constructive ways to move forward beyond Colonial intellectual paradigms by making sure that peace and goodness are secured for everybody, African or not. en_ZA
dc.description.department Dogmatics and Christian Ethics en_ZA
dc.description.librarian am2017 en_ZA
dc.description.uri http://www.jsri.ro/ en_ZA
dc.identifier.citation Simut, CC 2017, 'Ancestry, goodness, and the relationship with christianity as ecodomical aspects of decolonization in indigenous African religions', Journal for the Study of Religions and Ideologies, vol. 16, no. 47, pp. 47-61. en_ZA
dc.identifier.issn 1583-0039
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/2263/61476
dc.language.iso en en_ZA
dc.publisher Biblioteca Centrala Universitara/Babes-Bolyai University en_ZA
dc.rights © SACRI en_ZA
dc.subject Ancestors en_ZA
dc.subject Goodness en_ZA
dc.subject Christianity en_ZA
dc.subject Decolonization en_ZA
dc.subject Ecodomy en_ZA
dc.subject Religion en_ZA
dc.subject John Mbiti en_ZA
dc.subject Isiaka P. Laleye en_ZA
dc.subject Jakob K. Olupona en_ZA
dc.subject Israel Kamudzandu en_ZA
dc.subject Africa en_ZA
dc.title Ancestry, goodness, and the relationship with christianity as ecodomical aspects of decolonization in indigenous African religions en_ZA
dc.type Article en_ZA


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