Christianity came to Africa as early the first century, and has since grown to become one of the continent’s most popular religion. Although the very first version of Christianity was purely western, the religion has greatly evolved to embrace African traditions giving birth to religious ceremonies with a native touch. Jovago.com outlines a few aspects of African traditions that have successfully taken root in the festivity culture now knocking on our doors!
Yuletide Traditions in West African
Although the roots of this tradition are traced back to German Paganism, a fraction of its practices have been Africanized and assimilated into the West African cultures; eventually finding a strong base in the ‘Yule’ festival that translates to Christmas. Most recognizable aspects of Yule observed over Christmas include the Yule log – that illustrates the lighting of differently sized candles to illuminate the night, and a Yule goat, a modern symbol of a mystical god said to rule over the skies.
Yule goat, Image by: https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/2/2d/Christmas-Goat.JPG
The Bacalao in Guinea Bissau
In Bissau, Christmas must be celebrated with a plate of dried Scandinavian cod fish known as ‘bacalao’. This …read more