SUBTITLE: Christian participation in Akan libation rituals
FORMAT: Electronic book in the ePub format
SUMMARY: This study is about the current debates on the observance of libation rituals by Christians in Africa and its implication for Christian faith. The issue of libation poses an important challenge to Christianity in Africa and, more specifically, to the Akan people in Ghana, for libation is traditionally a key ritual for the Akan as an ethnic group.
It is understandable that Christian participation in libation rituals would be treated as an important topic following the emergence of African Christian theology, especially within the Ghanaian context. Various African theologians have contributed to a more systematic discussion of such libation practices. In this study, Robert Agyarko describes, analyses, compares, and assesses the cultural and theological presuppositions of the views of four Ghanaian Akan theologians, namely Kwasi Sarpong, Kwesi
Dickson, John Pobee, and Kwame Bediako, on Christian participation in the observance of libation rituals. The purpose of this is to clarify the cultural and theological assumptions underlying current debates on the observance of libation rituals by Christians in Ghana.
2. Libation in Akan Culture
3. Libation in African Christian Theology
4. Kwasi Sarpong on Christianity and Libation
5. Kwesi Dickson on Christianity and Libation
6. John Pobee on Christianity and Libation
7. Kwame Bediako on Christianity and Libation
8. Conclusion: Comparison and Analysis
Postscript on Christianity and Libation
Robert Owusu Agyarko is a Ghanaian Pentecostal theologian who studied in South Africa. Dr Agyarko, based in Kumasi, Ghana, is an Extraordinary Researcher at the University of the Western Cape (UWC), South Africa. He holds and MPhil and PhD from UWC.