This book is a groundbreaking comparative study of African religion and psychology, dealing with the concept of the soul in West African belief. Based on personal research supported by anthropological study, this examination of West African thought on the soul, and spiritual powers of man and animals, concentrates predominantly on the western coast and hinterland, from the Ivory Coast to Eastern Nigeria.
This is a comprehensive and interesting selection of the beliefs that have moulded West African psychology, including perceptions of future lives and reincarnation, to physical and spiritual metamorphoses. The essence of the soul is also examined, especially with regard to hysterical possession and ‘soul-eating’ by witches. The supernatural is also addressed, as are deep beliefs in ghosts and the interpretation of dreams.
This subject is not only deeply absorbing, but is also one of practical importance to all those who are interested, personally and professionally, in religion, as well as to any others whose work leads them into personal relationships with West African people.