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The Crisis Of Dii Traditional Religion

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This chapter gives a presentation of, and critically analyse some of the holistic religious cultural practices that the Dii people used as guides in organisation of daily life activities. It starts with the study of African Traditional Religion before it seeks to explore the rites and cosmology of Dii traditional society, the way in which they sought contact with, and blessings and protection from, a force vitale through fabricated altars and ritual instruments. The chapter gives a short presentation of the political difficulties that the Dii people experienced following the arrival of the Fulbe warriors in the early 19th century and the arrival of the German, followed by the French, colonial administrations a century later. Through the presentation of a Dii myth of origin, the crisis that Dii traditions experienced will be analysed through an African holistic approach where social changes are always interpreted as carriers of religious implications.

Keywords: African Traditional Religion; Crisis; Dii traditional society; French colonial administrations; German



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