Kopytoff, Igor. Knowledge and belief in Suku thought

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Title: Knowledge and belief in Suku thought

Published in: Africa -- Vol. 51, no. 3

Published By: Africa -- Vol. 51, no. 3 Oxford University Press. 1981. 709-723 p.

By line: Igor Kopytoff

HRAF Publication Information: New Haven, Conn.: Human Relations Area Files, 2016. Computer File

Culture: Suku (FO46)

Subjects: General character of religion (771); Cult of the dead (769); Cosmology (772); Philosophy (812); Spirits and gods (776); Religious experience (781);

Abstract: This article discusses traditional Suku beliefs relating to dead ancestors. It shows that the Suku, like many other African peoples, recognize the importance of ancestors to the wellbeing of the living. Yet, Suku traditional religion says very little about the existences of these ancestors. When asked about this paradox, the Suku say that they have no way of comprehending the world after death.

Document Number: 7

Document ID: fo46-007

Document Type: Journal Article

Language: English

Field Date: 1958-1959

Evaluation: Anthropologist-5

Analyst: Teferi Abate Adem ; 2014

Coverage Date: 1920-1960

Coverage Place: Kwango district, Bandundu, Democratic Republic of the Congo

LCSH: Suku (African people)


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