International Journal of Scientific and Research Publications

IJSRP, Volume 12, Issue 6, June 2022 Edition [ISSN 2250-3153]


The Resilience of Ancestral Practices Among the Kpele from the XIXth Century
      Nanbidou DANDONOUGBO
Abstract: Traditional religion is based on the organization of worship and the observance of prohibitions. This cult strengthens the bonds of trust between the invisible and the living. The Kpélé feel safe renewing the bonds of trust with the ancestors through the rites to the various tutelary deities. The introduction of Christianity to Kpélé in 1895 affected the frequency of sacrifices to the tutelary deities without, however, leading to their abandonment as desired by the missionaries. From a methodological approach based on documentary research and field surveys, this article aims to show the resilience of traditional cults in the face of the introduction of Christianity among the Kpélé. The results of the work showed that in 1914, a record year during the German period when the number of baptized at the Catholic mission of Adéta amounted to 1,228 or 37% of the population, ¼ of the rites was maintained.

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Nanbidou DANDONOUGBO (2022); The Resilience of Ancestral Practices Among the Kpele from the XIXth Century; International Journal of Scientific and Research Publications (IJSRP) 12(6) (ISSN: 2250-3153), DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.29322/IJSRP.12.06.2022.p12612
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