African Spirituality

By Joburg Post

Religion in Africa is multifaceted and has been a major influence on art, culture and philosophy. Today, the continent's various populations and individuals are mostly adherents of Christianity, Islam, and to a lesser extent several Traditional African religions. This series of photo's looks into the beauty found in religion and spirituality in Africa.

In The Begining Fellowship Was Without Symbol.

The Great Sphinx

This affinity of pharaoh and lion demonstrated that the king was united with the powerful solar deity Sekhmet, daughter of the sun god Ra, who is depicted herself with the head of a lioness. As a solar symbol, the sphinx was also associated with Harmakhis, Lord of the Two Horizons, who represents the rising and setting sun identified with rebirth and resurrection.

The Church A Place Of Worship

Mosque A Place Of Worship

The Holy Bible A Way Of Life

The Christian cross, seen as a representation of the instrument of the crucifixion of Jesus, is the best-known symbol of Christianity.

Al-Quran A Way Of Life

In Islam, a string of 99 beads represents each name of Allah.

Egyptian Ank Cross Symbol Of Life

Spiritually the ankh represented the key to all hidden knowledge. The loop symbolized the eternal soul as it has no beginning or end.

The smoke of burning incense is interpreted by both the Western Catholic and Eastern Christian churches as a symbol of the prayer of the faithful rising to heaven.

Sacrament (in the Christian Church) a religious ceremony or ritual regarded as imparting divine grace, such as baptism, the Eucharist and (in the Roman Catholic and many Orthodox Churches) penance and the anointing of the sick.

Hijab- To Cover

The Maat Feather Throughout African

Maat Daughter Of Ra

Maat refers to the ancient Egyptian concepts of truth, balance, order, harmony, law, morality, and justice.

A Fellowship In The House Of The Lord.

Sangoma (Pascal Parent)

The Throwing Of Bone

Sangomas communicate with Ancestors, work with plant medicine (herbalism) and use the power of prayer for healing. They are the connection between the spirit realm and the carnal.

There is always beauty found in believing. Spirituality is not the renunciation of life; it is the art of living fully.

The lotus Flower a Symbol for Spiritual Awakening


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