The Impact of the Belief in the Occult and the Paranormal on an African Socio-Political Life
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This paper claims that the belief in the occult and the paranormal in the African religious universe have impacted negatively on the African‟s socio-political life. Using at once a descriptive and analytical methods, it discovers that the attribution of some power to the occult or some invisible being is traceable to belief in „bureaucratic monotheism,‟ divinities, divination, and forces. One finds out that this belief has translated itself into some form of socio-political god-fatherism in social relations, psychological fears, intellectual ineptitude, social and religious confusion, and exhaustion. The „healing option,‟ which the article suggests as a way forward, is for the individual to engage in differentiated consciousness in order to restore sanity and clarity of thought and action in the socio-religious sphere. Such a line of action, the paper argues, will heal the African‟s cultural desolation, and the dissipation of intellectual, religious and socio-economic efforts in the quest for meaning or the Absolute.
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Francis O. C. Njoku