The people in the villages believed that one god ruled the world,
but that many gods were in charge of daily life. They believed in
two worlds – the world on earth, and the world of the gods. Their
religion was designed to bring these two worlds together so that the
elders, their religious leaders, could talk to the gods of daily
life and receive advice. To encourage these gods to drop by, they
danced, and sang, rattled noisemakers, made masks, and feasted.
Certainly, the gods would not wish to miss such a joyous time.
WORSHIP: They also asked their ancestors to talk to the
gods on their behalf. They did many things to please their ancestors
so that they would intercede on their behalf – things like
storytelling and music and song and dance and feasting.
They believed in magic amulets. People would visit the village
witchdoctor in hopes of finding help for their problems. The
witchdoctor might make them a magic amulet. This could be a bag tied
tightly with instructions not to open it. It could be anything. You
might wear it around your neck. You might bury it and dance over it.
You might give it to someone.
witchdoctors had a good understanding of the many herbs that could
heal. They also had a good understanding of the hearts of people. It
was no wonder the people believed in magic. The amulets often
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