Traditional African religions and their influences on the worldviews of Bangwa people of Cameroon

  • Michael T. Ndemanu Ball State University
Keywords: Religion, Cameroon, Study abroad, Beliefs, Worldviews, Religious practices

Abstract

This essay explores the traditional African religious beliefs and practices of the people of Bangwa in the Southwestern region of Cameroon in order to uncover how those beliefs influence their thought processes and worldviews. In the course of rethinking and re-examining their belief systems and their traditional religious practices, the following themes emerged: religious sacrifices, observance of the Sabbath, belief system, incontrovertible belief in God, sorcery and divine retribution, the dead and the living, inequality and class divide, dreams and interpretation, names and religious identity. The implication of the essay is that study abroad should encompass religious studies that help study abroad students learn ways of thinking and knowing of their host countries. 

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Published
2018-01-31
How to Cite
Ndemanu, M. T. (2018). Traditional African religions and their influences on the worldviews of Bangwa people of Cameroon. Frontiers: The Interdisciplinary Journal of Study Abroad, 30(1), 70-84. https://doi.org/10.36366/frontiers.v30i1.405