FC: Africa and India by: Monica Morgenstern | "We are more alike than unalike, my friends, more alike than unalike"-Maya Angelou
1: For my humanities project, I will be comparing Africa and India's belief systems and how they shape their society.
2: Africa Before the British took over, Africans believed in nature gods.For example, the rain god and the god of fire.However, once they were under European control, many Africans converted to Christianity.
3: Today, Africa's religion varies between different religions. It mainly consists of Christianity and Islam. However, both religions still keep old traditions. In addition, some places in West Africa still practice old religions, such as Legba, Sango, and Ehbo. | The picture to the left is a veve, or a religious symbol, of Papa Legba. The picture to the left is a map of West Africa.
4: India In India, There are two main religions:Hinduism and Buddhism. Just like in Africa, there is one main god, Brahmin, but there are many different versions of him, such as Vishnu and Shiva. | The first picture, starting from the left, is of Shiva the destroyer. The picture in the center is of Brahma, the creator. Lastly, the picture to the right is of Vishnu, the preserver.
5: In Buddhism, there are no gods.However, all Buddhists must all follow the four noble truths and the eight fold path. | Dharmacakra, the symbol that represents dharma (Left). A statue of Buddha (Right).
6: In the end, both Cultures believe in many gods and have many religions.
7: Along with religion, many traditions in both cultures are very similar, mainly marriage. | African and Indian weddings in the olden times were very similar. Especially the process to find a spouse. | Marriage
8: Both cultures relate because to get married, the bride's family had to pay a dowry or exchange their daughter for cattle or goats.
9: In Things Fall Apart, Obierika's nephew is forced to exchange most of his goats to marry his love interest.
10: To what extent do belief systems shape and/or reflect culture and society?
11: Whether or not religion shapes its culture depends on the society. Some societies base their religions solely on religion. For example, their clothes and food. | The top left photograph shows women dressed up in traditional Islamic clothes. The bottom left picture, is of different types of kosher foods.
12: Beliefs and cultures are very co-dependent. Beliefs are usually based on a culture's ethics for what is right and wrong. Therefore, the morals that people believe in depend on the culture.
13: What role or purpose does religion/spirituality serve in a culture? | Religion unties a society. It allows people to feel that they have a purpose in life. Religion affects very simple decisions, like food, customs, and traditions.