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Whom Did Our Forefathers Worship Prior To The Spread Of Christianity?

Just curious, does anybody know? Was the belief in the Supreme God central in the beliefs of our people? The reason why I am asking this question is a discussion that I read in "Things Fall Apart". One of the narrators in the novel was of the belief that the idols and gods that the people served in the land were 'representatives' of The Supreme God. While the foreigner disputed those beliefs. Not that I believe in idols or gods, mine point to the Supremacy of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, but I do wonder sometimes, did our forefathers believe in the existence of the Supreme Being? If so, why was it not pronounced in our culture, but rather the worship and proliferation of idols were the order of the day during ancient times.

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^^^^^^^^^^^^^ the christian jesus to Supreme God Almighty is equivalent in process to the forefather 'idols' to Supreme God Almighty.

Every culture believes there is Supreme God Almighty Who creates.

Every person intuitively, ingrained in this belief. but of course the renegades 'atheist, etc' denies Him, similar to Charles Manson denial of his killing spree as thing unnatural, evil and unacceptable. he even swastika his own forehead bringing out the evil in his heart for future generation to learn from; avoid if you have any good in you, imitate to some degree if you have overwhelming evil in you.

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@ OP

Before the advent of the. Christian pilgrims in africa, our forefathers did believe in the existence of a supreme, represented here on earth by our idols (Okija, Amadi-oha, e.t.c), and only to be approached through the priests. There were a lot of oracles each with their own specialty, kind of like the catholics have patron saints for different things. Some oracles were for bountiful harvests, some for healing from ailments and diseases, some for protection and others for conflict resolution/justice.

You see the difference between the way our forefathers worshipped and the mordern day christian religion isn't really that different. Eg both religions did require sacrifices to appease the supreme being. The only problem was that some of the priest did get rather carried away in their interpretation of the law especially with the sacrifice of humans and some also got selfish and corrupt and started using the name of the gods for other thins. The only difference I see btw the religion of old and that of now is that unlike christianity where the supreme bieng is responsible for all manner of intercessions, the gods of our forefathers had specialties, also where christianity has the son of God as the sacrifice, that of our forefathers had no son, but rather smaller gods with special powers who did require sacrifices to appease them,

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This thread is educative

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This thread is educative

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Here is another one that I found about the belief in the Supreme God before the advent of Christianity. Arochukwu is given that name because the founders believed in the existence of the Supreme God. Here is the link.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Arochukwu

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This is definately fascinating. I've just done a quick search and found this:

From here: http://www.everyculture.com/Africa-Middle-East/Ibibio-Religion-and-Expressive-Culture.html

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They could be what are considered the Mayilekis. Mayileki eru baba mi ni nse. This means 'Don't prostrate to them, they are but my father's servants'.

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I am fine, thanks@pilgrim, how about you?

Dunno how to put this, but in my tribe (Ibibio), at the beginning of folklore tales, The narrator would start off by saying, "Ekong Nke" and the audience would reply, "Nke Ekong Abasi".

An interpretation of "Nke Ekong Abasi" would mean "I crucified the Lord". Ask any Ibibio to authenticate what I just wrote.

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@ mikail001,

from the first few lines of your reply, my intuition had already told me you are someway referring to that greatest work that has ever been shown to mankind.

Are you and sdherent of the grail message? we have so many here on the forum, dont know if you are cos i am.

I concur with you

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Hm,

I would like to point out here that during those days, there were Elemental Beings i.e. Nature forces. They are stilll existent and still perform their great Works in accordance with the Will of the Almighty. That we do not see them does not alter the fact that they exist. These are those Beings that people of the old saw in their times of need, especially when their loved ones are sick. The Elemental Beings appear to them and show them the herbs to pluck and concoct for the sick person.

Such was and is their Work in Creation. These Elemental Beings are present in all the activities in creation. We have those that tend the trees, flowers, rocks, waters even those that take care of human beings. They act in accordance with the Will of the Almighty. They are not God, but Element of Nature that acts His Will in creation. It was these Beings that the people of the old saw and made idols of and began to worship, since they have little or no idea of the Almighty Father then.

It is unfortunate that just like with any other thing, religion has forced us to gloss over the activity of these Beings that were and are still suppose to be our teachers as far as creation is concerned. They are such Beings that the animals heed their warnings and refuse to follow a particular path no matter how one tries to force them. It is at such moment that the animal act strange disregarding the threats from his master.

We have replaced these Beings by religion.

Please this knowledge is as documented by the Grail Message 'In the Light of Truth'.

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As far as I am aware the concept of God almighty, the supreme diety has always existed in Africa.  I am most familiar with yoruba religion where he is called Eledumare, I am also aware that the Igbo call him Chineke.  I believe that other african nations have names for the supreme diety but I am not familiar enough with them. 

Why was it not pronounced in our cultures?  That depends on what you mean by pronounced.  Everywhere in yorubaland people prayed to Eledumare, they made constant reference to Eledumare, they took their solace and comfort from Eledumare.  However The Worship Of Eledumare Was Not Ritualised Into A Cult.  There were rituals for Sango worship, there were rituals for Oshun worship etc but never was worship of Eledumare reduced to a Formula.  There were no Eledumare temples, and no Eledumare priests of Eledumare Cults. 

It was not just a matter of not knowing how to worship Eledumare.  There was a resistance against any cultic, ritualised, formularised approach to God.  This is well illustrated in this Ifa verse from Ogundabede:

Eke re'bi ogun odun ko de

Deceit travelled for 20 years and didn't return

Eke re ajo osu mefa ko bo

Deceit even journeyed for 6 months without returning

Otito inu ni ajeku ju iro lo.

The left over remnants of Inner Truth is still greater than falsehood

A dia fun Baba Imale ab'ewu-gereje

Thus was divined for the Imale with long flowing beards like robes.

A ni biwon d'aye tan iro ni won a maa pa.

They said that when he gets to the world he will just be a liar.

Won ni ki won rubo, won ko won ko rubo.

They were told to make sacrifice but they refused

Iro na ni awon Imale npa titi di oni oloni.

Thus have muslims been liars up till this day.

Won a ma wipe awon ngbaawe Olorun ni odoodun.

They keep claiming that they are fasting for Olorun annually

Esu wa to won lo nijokan

So Esu got on their case one day

O bere lowo won pe

He asked them a question

Kini Idi re ti won maa nwipe awon ngbaawe Olorun ni Odoodun?

Why is it that you claim to be fasting for Olorun annually

E nso nipa eyi pe Olorun ku Ni?

Are you suggesting that Olorun is dying

Tabi o ni ibanuje?

Or that God is distressed

Olorun ko ha je Otito-inu bi?

Is Olorun not Essential Truth

O ni Hen, ngbaawe Olorun, Olorun kiiku

He said Hen!, you are fasting for Olorun, yet olorun is not threatened by death

Edumare kii s'okunrun

Edumare is never sick

Oran ibanuje kiiba Olodumare.

Olodumare is never distressed

Lile ni Esu le agbajo won

Esu had to chase them away

Nitorinaa, gbogbo won si tuka lo.

because of that they were dispersed

Orin ti esu ko ni ojo naa ni:

This is the song that Esu sang on that day

A maigboku Olodumare o,

We've never heard of the death of Eledumare

A f'eke o a f'era

Only the death of the deceitful, and the mendacious.

It is very important to understand what traditionalist mean when they say that Truth is the Essential nature of God.  By truth they don't just mean Facts.  Facts are events that have occurred at some point in time.  They are temporal, whereas Truth is Eternal.  Truth is ineffable and is recognised as one and the same with Eledumare.

Again in Osa-Otura we find:

Osa-tura wi Kini Otito?

Osa otura asks, what is Truth

Emi wi Kini Otito?

I ask, what is truth

Orunmila I Otito ni oluwa orun ti nto aye

Orunmila answers that Truth is the lord of heaven ordering the Earth

Osa Otura I kinni Otito?

osa Otura again asks, what is Truth

Emi I kinni Otito?

I, too, ask what is Truth

Orunmila I otito li Eni airi ti nto aye.

Orunmila says Truth is the unseen person that Orders the world

Ogbon ti Olodoumare nlo

The Wisdom that Olodumare uses

Ogbon nla. Opolopo Ogbon

A great wisdom, and plenty of said Wisdom

Osa Otura I kinni Otito?

Osa Otura asks, What is Truth

Emi I kinni Otito?

I ask what is Truth

Orunmila wi, Otito ni Iwa Olodumare,

Orunmila answered that Truth is the character of Olodumare

Otito ni oro ti ko le subu

Truth is the subject matter that can't collapse

Ifa I Otito ni Oro ti ko le baje

Orunmila answers that Truth is the subject matter that can never go wrong

Agbara nla. Ajulo, Ire ailopin

A great power, surpassing all, the ire (blessing) that is never exhausted.

A dia fun Aye

A niki won maase Otito

Ki awon omo araye le maa mo Otito lati inu wa

kiosi le ro won lati ma se otito.

Due to the fact that the Truth was considered Ineffable it is only natural that our forefathers would have viewed with suspicion anyone that claimed to have a formula for grasping and engaging with it.

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This is a laugh. Where is the answer or where are the answers of what did forefather(s) worshipped?! I am going to bed. This is so boring.

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