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Do Africans Believe in Reincarnation?

Do Africans Believe in Reincarnation

I was born and raised in African, West Africa to be precise. And the mystery of reincarnation has kept me up most of the time. Though I have listened to my grandmother tell us a story about reincarnation, what our fore-father or ancestors believe though I found most of it very hard to believe at the same time it makes sense. With the live events and stories I have heard about rebirth I think I will say 'yes' I do believe in rebirth also known as reincarnation. Before the coming of the missionaries in Africa, we Africans believe in the traditions and culture of our people, in which reincarnation is part of it. When you read further in the article I believe it will throw more light on the topic.

What We Believe About Reincarnation



My grandmother used to tell me bedtime stories about life after death which in this modern world is called reincarnation. Some parts of Africa especially on the westside believe that is possible for a child to die and be reborn again especially if the child thinks that he/she hasn't fulfilled the needs in which he/she was born to fulfill.

Reincarnation, also called transmigration or metempsychosis, in religion and philosophy, the rebirth of an individual that persists after bodily death whether it be consciousness, mind, the soul, or some other entity in one or more successive existences. The Venda of Southern Africa believes that when a person dies, the soul stays near the grave for a short time and then seeks a new resting place or another body human, mammalian, or reptilian.

African Folktales On Reincarnation

In ancient Isokpo, South-East Nigeria, the people strongly believe that their kinsmen do not intimately die, but only die to live again. So when a man dies, the people cry because they don't know how long it will take the dead man to come back to life, or worse still, if the dead man will come to Isokpo upon returning to the world.

The Believe Of Rebirth Among The Nation Of Africa

In Madagascar, one of the beliefs found in Malagasy folktales, in general, is that the souls of the dead pass into the kingfisher and the death's head butterfly.

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Mystery Of Reincarnation


Before The Missionaries Came To Africa

Before Africa experienced a massive outburst in white man religion (Christianity) our forefathers do believe that one can die and be reborn. An example of this belief is the case of 'Ogbanje'. Ogbanja is a spirit of God in West Africa that can possess a child. This spirit can come with a different kind of sickness inflicted on the child. If the child should die in the process, sometimes the child will be reincarnated to die again. In other to avoid the same child reincarnates to die again, the parents of the child will leave a mark on the child's body so that when the child reincarnates again the same mark will be placed on the body. This will prove to then that the same child that died has reincarnated.



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