By Aloysius Muzzanganda Lugira
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Their traditional life, with beliefs and lifestyle closely tied to the land, is currently changing. They are controversially being encouraged by the government to move outside their traditional reserves to settlements in a government scheme to integrate them into modern life. ” The Masai are cattle-herders, and they believe that Enkai (their Supreme Being and rain god) granted all cattle to them for safekeeping when the Earth and sky split. 32 AfricAn TrAdiTionAl religion anything but the heart and liver of an ox, and he drank its blood, confirming the people’s opinion that he was a god.
A protection against enemies with the nearby mountain may be the abode of the following prayer: spirit that is guardian to the community. The spirit of a river may be identified as If enemies would come, let not your small worm die, guardian of that area. An extraordinarily but stretch your hand over him. huge tree in a village may be considered the abode of a local spiritual guardian. 48 AfricAn TrAdiTionAl religion Animal life, too, may house spirits. A leopard may be accepted in a community not as a mascot, but as a spiritual anchorage of the guardian spirit of a locality.
50 AfricAn TrAdiTionAl religion ThE sPiRiTuAL hiERARChy Imagine the universe as being like a government. At the head is the Creator, the Supreme Being. He is ever present but does not manage the daily affairs of human beings. This responsibility he delegates to A traditional healer in South Africa uses a snake skin as a magic charm to bring health and success. Traditional healers have extensive knowledge of medicinal herbs that they combine with a knowledge of spiritual and mystical forces. The Spirit World 51 A sangoma, or traditional diviner, using charms to interpret or forecast events in KwaZulu–Natal, South Africa.