Show Summary Details

Page of

PRINTED FROM OXFORD HANDBOOKS ONLINE (www.oxfordhandbooks.com). © Oxford University Press, 2018. All Rights Reserved. Under the terms of the licence agreement, an individual user may print out a PDF of a single chapter of a title in Oxford Handbooks Online for personal use (for details see Privacy Policy and Legal Notice).

date: 26 August 2019

Abstract and Keywords

This article suggests that the archaeology of ritual and religions in Africa is complex and variably understood, but has enormous research potential. The discussion focuses on ritual and religion in later periods of African prehistory and history, noting that the database of earliest evidence for symbolic and ritual behaviours may continue to grow, along with understanding of them. Future foci for archaeological investigation could include charting trajectories of religious change, fusion, and syncretism in relation to past material culture. A more anthropologically informed approach to the archaeological investigation of indigenous sub-Saharan African rituals and religions is emerging. Similar possibilities exist for the archaeology of world religions where material culture could be treated less passively and descriptively and more as the outcome of active processes and agents.

Keywords: sub-Saharan African rituals, ritual behaviours, religious change, material culture, African prehistory

Access to the complete content on Oxford Handbooks Online requires a subscription or purchase. Public users are able to search the site and view the abstracts and keywords for each book and chapter without a subscription.

Please subscribe or login to access full text content.

If you have purchased a print title that contains an access token, please see the token for information about how to register your code.

For questions on access or troubleshooting, please check our FAQs, and if you can''t find the answer there, please contact us.