MAWU DOES NOT KILL: ON EWE KINSHIP-FOCUSED RELIGION Wiel Eggen Taking religion as a core element of the civilisations he sees on collision course, S. Huntington hesitated about the place of Africa as the eighth cultural bloc, because of its unclear religious content.' If thereby he intimated that religion as a war-mongering agent had no role in Africa, he flew in the face of the popular theory that warfare ultimately roots in tribal kinship logic and its barbaric cults. Had the monotheists not vowed to erase this ogre of which Africa seemed a stronghold? How confusing this has become: the root of all violence being exonerated, while a seizable literature increasingly proclaims that Africa's old religion, generally speaking, was similar to monotheism! This curious confusion urges us to consider the biased views on kinship-focused religion. Looking at the classical case of Ewe-religion,' I want to argue that the contradictory theories tend to ignore what is African religion's content and may be a true asset in the search for peace. The Ewe-Fon divine name Mawu - translated as 'unsurpassable' - may serve as a clear example of how western models caused a deviation, not only of African christianity, but
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Published: Jan 1, 2002
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