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The traditional African religions (or traditional beliefs and practices of African people) are a set of highly diverse beliefs that include various ethnic religions. Generally, these traditions are oral rather than scriptural, include belief in a supreme creator, belief in spirits, veneration of the dead, use of magic and traditional African medicine. The role of humanity is generally seen as one of harmonizing nature with the supernatural. According to Lugira, "it is the only religion that can claim to have originated in Africa. Other religions found in Africa have their origins in other parts of the world."

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The Battle of Fandane-Thiouthioune also known as the Battle of Somb occurred on 18 July 1867. It was a religious war between the Serer people who adhered to the tenets of Serer religion and the Muslim Marabouts of 19th century Senegambia who came to convert them through jihad. Although religious, it also had a political and economic dimension to it: vendetta and empire-building. Fandane, Thiouthioune and Somb were part of the pre-colonial Serer Kingdom of Sine now part of independent Senegal. The Serer people defeated the Muslims and killed their leader.

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There are several religious festivals found in the various Traditional African religions. Some of these are listed below next to their corresponding religion :

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Issa Laye Thiaw (born 1943 at Sangué, Thies region of Senegal) is a Senegalese historian, theologian, and author on Serer religion, Serer tradition and history. Born into a Serer family, himself the son of a Serer High Priest (Saltigue), Thiaw is a specialist in the Serer religion. He was a former researcher at the Centre d’études des civilisations (CEC) de Dakar (Centre for Studies in Civilizations of Dakar).

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Roger S. Gottlieb

Source: Gottlieb, Roger S., The Oxford Handbook of Religion and Ecology, Oxford University Press (2006), p. 261, ISBN 9780199727698 [1]

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