Black Spirituality Religion : What separates the Abrahamic traditions from other African traditions?

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    If the Abrahamic traditions are essentially African, what philosophical, cultural and/or cosmological peculiarities, separates them from other African traditions?

    What brought about those changes? Any cultural or environmental changes can be seen as contributing factors?


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    In afrikan traditions we find priestess are as revered as the priest.

    We also find deities personified as women in some afrikan traditions.

    There is also a great reverence for nature and ancestors, not just in a literal but a spiritual point of view.
     
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    I curious about your question. I've read in the Bible about a conflict over Pharisaic Jews and their traditions that they were confronted about by Jesus.

    Can you give an example of an Abrahamitic tradition? an African tradition that might correlate to Abrahamitic people?

    Thanks.
     
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    Peace.

    My apologies. Let me clarify. What I mean is Abrahamic religions, such as Judaism, Christianity and Islam.

    We presuppose that these beliefs were started and maintained by African people so based on this presumption they are African traditions. We engage in discussions about their Africanity so what I wonder is how they differ from other African beliefs?

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    True dat. The reverence held for women, nature and ancestors in many African traditions can not be understated.

    Are you saying reverence for these things can not be found in Abrahamic traditions?

    Do you think this is equally a cultural phenomenom as a theological/cosmological one?

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    As it pertains to nature and ancestors, either does not exist in abrahamic faiths or I have not found it.
    If somebody can find it in the abrahamic faiths, by all means share.

    "This", meaning reverence for nature and ones ancestors?
     
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    Chevron,

    That was a great question, please re-ask the question, but from the clarity Blackbird has provided...Peace In my sister friend.

     
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    Thank you for your response. If these things are missing, wouldn't this constitute a major divergence from the bulk of African traditions? I mean many African traditions have a solid foundation on the existence and participation of ancestors in the lives of their descendants. The various forces that many African beliefs call upon are essentially the personification of the forces of nature and they are seen as intercessors in human endeavors.

    Yes "this" meaning reverence for nature and one's ancestors.

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    Couldn't have said it better.

    I think so. Yes.
     
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    There is a lecture that marimba ani gives.

    It's on dvd and its called "cleansing ourselves of european concepts".

    She gives an good description of the importance and the role that our ancestors play in our lives.
     
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