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West African Dahomean Vodoun

http://www.mamiwata.com/

Large site created by an African-American Priestess, to initiate others across the diaspora. Site features both Dahomean Vodoun and Mami Wata traditions of West Africa, with articles on these and other ATRs in Benin, Togo, and Ghana; bibliography; links to related pages.

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Voodoo in Benin, 1996

http://www.hartford-hwp.com/archives/34/011.html

In 1996 the government of Benin declared that Voodoo and other ATRs (practiced by about half of the population) are officially recognized religions on a par with Islam and Christianity, and gave ATR its own national holiday, January 10.

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The Ga Homowo Festival by A.B. Quartey-Papafio

http://members.tripod.com/tettey/festival.htm

Originally published in the Journal of the African Society, Vol. 19, in 1919, this essay describes the religious customs of the Ga people of Ghana as they existed independently of Roman Catholic influence.

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The African Experience of God through the Eyes of an Akan Woman

http://www.aril.org/african.htm

By Mercy Amba, an article in Cross Currents, the journal of the Association for Religion and Intellectual Life.

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Man and the Gods in Yoruba Art

http://www.fa.indiana.edu/~conner/yoruba/man.html

An exhibit of Yoruba religious art, with brief explanations of the iconography of the deities depicted.

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Ancestors as Elders in Africa by Igor Kopytoff

http://lucy.ukc.ac.uk/Fdtl/Ancestors/kopytoff.html

Ancestor cults loom large in the anthropological image of Africa, but only certain dead with particular structural positions are worshipped as ancestors; this paper presents a study of ancestor and elder veneration among the matrilineal Suku of south-western Congo (Kinshasa).

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