Black People : AFRICAN TRADITIONAL RELIGION and More

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  1. Keita Kenyatta

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    In traditional African society the sacred and the secular are inseparable. There is no comparmentalization of life. What religion forbids or condemns society also forbids and condemns, and similarly society approves those things which religion approves or and sanctions. An offence against God is an offence against man, and in like manner an offence against man is an offence against God, since man is a creature of God. Either offence is criminal.

    Traditional African religion has no written legal documents showing what is legal or illegal, but traditional Africans have a code of conduct which they all know. This code constrains individuals to live in conformity with the wellbeing of society. The components of the code have been transmitted conventionally from generation to generation. Forbidden criminal actions include adultery,breach of covenant, burglary, fornication, incest, kidnapping, irreverence and unkindness to parents, lying, murder, rape, seduction, speaking evil of rulers, swearing falsely,theft, sodomy and malice. All prohibited acts or taboos are crimes in African traditional religion and any person committing any of them is regarded as a criminal and is punishable. Abnormal behaviour which is not in conformity with the norms of society are criminal acts. We cannot deal with all of them in this paper, but shall discuss a few.

    Adultery

    Adultery is sexual intercourse between a married woman and any other man than her husband,or between a married man and any other woman than his wife. It applies equally to a betrothed woman. It is deemed an outrageous crime, striking at


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