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Throughout time there have been many words that have set out to try to describe religion in Africa as a whole There was a problem with these words non of them encompassed all of the religions of Africa there was something that was always left out In this paper I plan to discuss what From Fetishism to Africism means I also plan to talk about the word africism its meaning and its origin Other topics I will cover are fetishism animism and other primitive religionsMany people believe that fetishism is the main religion of the countries in Africa However this is a large misconception The dictionary defines fetishism as belief or use of an object that is thought to have magical powers Associating this word with African religions gives these religions a negative connotation It is almost saying that African religion cant be based on faith such as Christianity and Islam Fetishism is obviously a term given to African religion by there European counterparts Today in America we see numerous symbols of religion Jews have the star of David Muslims have the crescent moon and star and Christians have the cross These are no different from the so called fetishes of African religions These fetishes of African religion are just symbols by which the people who practice the religion use to worshipAnimism is defined as general belief in spiritual beings The word animism is a derivative of the Latin word anima which means soul or spirit Another word that is related to animism is animus which means feeling emotion and desire Therefore animism must have another meaning which is belief in animating still objects by giving them a spirit or soul When a person dies their spirit separates from there body and continues to exist in the realm of superhumanity These spirits are given a new place to dwell such as those still objects spoken of earlier This theory of animism is that of EB
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