TRADITIONAL AFRICAN CONCEPT OF EVIL
- It is an offense against another person of the community or it is an offense against God, the spirits or ancestors.
- African communities are aware of the existence of evil in the society and the existence of evil in the society and they try to avoid it.
- African communities believed that God is good and did not create evil.
- There are many ideas concerning the origin and nature of evil.
The following are some of the beliefs about the origin of evil;
- Many African communities believed they could be malicious/malevolent spirits.
- Such spirits could be having a grudge against the living who probably failed to pour libation and to give offering.
- Evil people e.g. wizards, witches, sorcerers who are able to tap mystical powers and use if for evil. They therefore cause harm to the living
- Breaking of taboos, this result in becoming ritually unclean.
- Curses by parents and other older relatives e.g. uncles, grandparents, aunts etc.
- This occurs because when one offends them e.g. through insults, neglect and disobedience.
- Breaking of oaths/ a solemn promise.
- Oaths were usually made in order to seal an argument or to defend one against malicious accusations.
- Bad omen.
- Certain acts, words or things which are believed to have the effect of causing harm.