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Post by Adminkunlex on Sat Nov 30, 2019 10:06 pm

Africa has a lot of diverse culture, traditions, religion
and tribes. The continent is very wide in land mass
and people.
Africa has gone through lots of transition from the
pre-colonial era to the present times. This transition
had affected the culture, tradition, and religion of the
people creating a more diverse situation.
When it comes to religion, each culture had their own
traditional belief and practice, however, colonization,
immigrants, and globalization had influenced the local
religious beliefs and had completely eliminated some
local religions or transformed them.
In this article, we will be highlighting the 10 popular
religions in Africa, which was compiled by Britannica,
a survey carried out on religion in Africa.
Christianity
Christianity is the most popular religion in Africa and
it was brought to Africa by the colonial masters
during their quest in Africa. Christianity has become
one of the accepted religion in Africa with over 500
million Christians of different affiliations, Catholics,
Anglican, Pentecostal, Jehovah witness and so on.
Christianity has spread all over Africa and it is
predominant in East, west and southern part of
Africa.
Islam
Islam is one of the major religions in the world and
not surprisingly one of the major religion in Africa
with over 400 million Islam in Africa and these are
predominantly in the northern part of Africa, with few
Muslims located in some part of western Africa and
very few Muslims in other parts of Africa.
Africa Tradition Religion
This is the main Africa religion passed on by ancestors
from generations to generations but have greatly be
relegated in numbers after colonization of Africa and
world globalization. It is believed that about 10% of
Africa population still practice the Africa traditional
religion.
The Africa traditional religion is very diverse and
varies with different traditions and culture. However,
they do have some similarities, such as the use of
magic, use of traditional medicine, believe in ancestral
gods, oral incantations and so on.
Hinduism
Hinduism is not that popular in Africa but statistics
has it that we have over 2 million Hindus in Africa
with most of them in East Africa and Mauritania,
where it is one of the major religion in the country.
Hinduism was brought to Africa during colonization of
the continents by the Indians. The Indians who were
mainly servants to the Britain introduced the religion
to the Africans and it has been growing since then.
Baha i faith
The Baha I faith was believed to have been
introduced initially in Egypt but had been on the low
due to the prosecution, however, they are very
dominant in Central and Southern Africa countries
such as Congo, Zambia, and South Africa. They are
about 2 millions of them in Africa.
Atheism
Atheism has been on the increase in Africa and
though it cannot be categorized as a religion, as
atheist are mainly opposed to any kind of organized
religion. Atheists do not congregate or gather like
most religion, and until recently, most atheists in
Africa are open about their belief for fear of
stigmatization. However, recently, most have openly
expressed their stance as an atheist and that they do
not believe in the existence of any supreme being.
Buddhist
Buddist is one of the lesser religion in Africa brought
by the Asians, as they immigrate to Africa, mostly for
the purpose of working on the continent. Buddhism is
increasing in Africa as the Asians become
economically viable in the world economy and their
interest in Africa as an upcoming continent had seen
many Asians moved to the continent. It is believed
that we have just above 280,000 Buddhist in Africa
with the majority of them found in South Africa and
countries along the Indian Ocean.
Judaism
Judaism is surprisingly practiced in Africa, however,
the continent has no linked heritage the Judaism. It is
predominantly found in the Northern part of Africa as
Israelis settlement are found from migrants who ran
away from persecution. The present of Judaism in
Africa can also be traced to those Jews who ran to
settle in Africa to escape the Holocaust. The
population of those practicing Judaism in Africa is just
above 100,000.
Chinese Folks Religion
This can be traced to the Asians that have
immigrated and settled in Africa as they introduce a
different aspect of their culture to the Africa culture.
They are about 133,000 people who practice this
Chinese religion and way of life and they are
predominately located in South Africa and Mauritius.
Jains
Jains is one of the religions that was brought to Africa
by the Indians. It has continued to grow in Africa
since it was introduced in the 17th century. There are
temples found Nairobi and Mombasa where feast are
organized yearly. They are a large number of them in
Kenya and south Africa with above 96, 000 in Africa.

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