Drinking the Word of God
Religious Diversity in Two West African Communities
In West Africa, like the United States and other regions of the world, people maintain different beliefs. There are myriad ways in which these beliefs are manifest. The objects and photographs in this exhibition express a variety of local beliefs and practices in two West African towns, Zinder (Niger) and Bondoukou (Côte d'Ivoire). The traditions explored on the Web site are related to religious study and scholarship that are often used to express faith. Some are used by certain groups of people living in these communities as a means for eliciting spiritual assistance to ensure well-being in life and to cure illness. However, such beliefs and practices are not viewed in a positive light by everyone . . .