Religion: African Traditional Religions

Balakrishnan, S. 2022

‘Building the ancestral public: cemeteries and the necropolitics of property in colonial Ghana’, Journal of Social History, 56:1, 89-113.

Barrett, R. 1993

‘Psychocultural influences on African American attitudes towards death, dying and funeral rites’, in J. Morgan (ed.) Personal Care in an Impersonal World: A Mulitdimensional Look at Bereavement, London: Routledge, 213-230.

Denbow, J. 1999

‘Heart and soul: glimpses of ideology and cosmology in the iconography of tombstones from the Loango Coast of Central Africa’, Journal of American Folklore, 112:445, 404–23.

Esilaba, O. 2021

‘Cremation: views from culture, society and church in Kenya’, Edition Consortium Journal of Arts, Humanities and Social Studies, 3:1, 316-324.

Isiko, A. P. & Maate, Y. 2019

‘The socio-cultural perspective of the Bakonzo of Uganda about death’, Journal of Humanities and Social Sciences, 24:4, 57-68.

Jindra, M. 2005

‘Christianity and the proliferation of ancestors: changes in hierarchy and mortality ritual in the Cameroon Grassfields’, Africa, 75:3, 356-377.

Lamont, M. 2011

‘Decomposing pollution? Corpses, burials and affliction among the Meru of Central Kenya’ in M. Jindra and J. Noret (eds) Funerals in Africa: Explorations of a Social Phenomenon, Oxford: Berghann Books, 88-108.

Martin, J., van Wijk, C. & Hans-Arendse, C. 2013

‘“Missing in action”: the significance of bodies in African bereavement rituals’, Psychology in Society, 44, 42-63.

Mbiti, J. 1969

African Religions & Philosophy, London: Heinemann

Morrow, K. 1999

‘Bakongo afterlife and cosmological direction: translation of African culture into North Florida cemeteries’, Athanor, 20, 105-115.

Ngubane S. 2012

‘Death and burial practices in contemporary Zulu culture’, Mankind Quarterly, 53:1, 91–109.

Ngubane, S. 2004

‘Traditional practice on burial systems with special reference to the Zulu people of South Africa’, Indilinga African Journal of Indigenous Knowledge Systems, 3:2, 171-177.

Opoko, A. & Adeboye, A. 2021

‘Investigation of willingness of residents to adopt alternative burial methods in Abuja, Nigeria’, IOP Conference Series: Earth and Environment Science, 665, 012060.

Park, C. 2020

‘Traditional funeral and burial rituals and Ebola outbreaks in West Africa: a narrative review of causes and strategic interventions’, Journal of Health and Social Sciences, 5:1, 73-90.

Spijker, G. 2005

‘The role of social anthropology in the debate on funeral rites in Africa’, Exchange, 34:3, 156-176.


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