TRADITIONAL AFRICAN VIEW OF CREATION
The African creation stories are different from one community to another and myths are used to explain them.
A myth can be defined as a story that explains the origin of something, some customs and practices. It has a deeper meaning and even tries to explain the origin of a community.
Common ideas in Traditional African views of creation
- African communities acknowledge God as the creator of the universe.
- God is the sustainer of his creation for example, He provides for human beings.
- God is the only creator and created the earth independently.
- God’s work of creation is continuous and he does so through humankind e.g. through pro-creation.
- It is God who set up human customs and traditions which humankind should follow.
- Man was created with a mate.The woman is supposed to be his companion and helper.
- The creation of man was after the rest of the creation.
- To sustain him, plants and animals were created for food.