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4 Powerful Ways to Develop Your African Spirituality Now

Study African Religions

It is possible for you to develop your spirituality without religion. But to do so, you must take responsibility for your own education and growth. That means studying indigenous African religions and applying the lessons that speak to you.

A big part of the mission of the Pan-African Alliance is to create spaces to have discussions about concepts like African Spirituality. We hold regular community meetings that are open to the public like this one.

There are hundreds of major African religions on the continent, but the most well known are:

When we use the term African religions, we are also referring to spiritual systems developed by Africans outside of the continent. These systems include:

  • The Nuwaubian movement
  • The Nation of Islam
  • The 5 Percenters (Nation of Gods and Earths)
  • Santeria
  • and Moorish Science Temple

There are elements of truth in all of these spiritual systems. Your path could lie in any one of these (or none at all). It is therefore your mission to find the path that speaks to you the most truthfully, and then walk that path unapologetically!

Here are 5 books on African religion that anyone interested in African spirituality should read:
Egyptian Book of the Dead: The Book of Coming Forth By Day- The Book of Enlightenment
52 Reviews
Egyptian Book of the Dead: The Book of Coming Forth By Day- The Book of Enlightenment
  • Ashby, Muata (Author)
  • English (Publication Language)
  • 386 Pages - 11/09/2005 (Publication Date) - Sema Institute (Publisher)
Introduction to African Religion (African Writers Series)
6 Reviews
Introduction to African Religion (African Writers Series)
  • Mbiti, John S. (Author)
  • English (Publication Language)
  • 216 Pages - 12/01/1991 (Publication Date) - Heinemann (Publisher)
African Origins of Major 'Western Religions'
30 Reviews
African Origins of Major "Western Religions"
  • Ben-Jochannan, Yosef A. A. (Author)
  • English (Publication Language)
  • 363 Pages - 12/01/1991 (Publication Date) - Black Classic Pr (Publisher)
The Handbook of Yoruba Religious Concepts
126 Reviews
The Handbook of Yoruba Religious Concepts
  • Karade, Baba Ifa (Author)
  • English (Publication Language)
  • 144 Pages - 08/01/1994 (Publication Date) - Weiser Books (Publisher)
Knowledge of Self: A Collection of Wisdom on the Science of Everything in Life
148 Reviews
Knowledge of Self: A Collection of Wisdom on the Science of Everything in Life
  • Supreme Understanding (Author)
  • English (Publication Language)
  • 256 Pages - 07/30/2009 (Publication Date) - Supreme Design Publishing (Publisher)

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I fast regularly….. I want to get back to meditation in the morning,,,,, but I never knew is there one specific system I should choose over the others? since I did find my link to Yoruba and I find I an connected to Ubantu…. I just don’t know …. I have also been practicing Kwanzaa and finding that majority of the diaspora are speaking swahilii…. maybe I should look at that system….?


what if you are already from a tripe, im nigerian and yoruba . why is there a need to learn swahili


What if you are battling illness that hold you back from fasting? I am lost in this world. I don’t know what to believe and is sad. I am going to try with African Spirituality hoping I find myself

ruttaskhi maahes

Greetings, I just listened to the information about Afrikan Spirituality and received it well. The path that I’m traveling is more on Dogon as well as KMT. I know they are interrelated and I’m looking for the balance within them. Thank you for sharing

Geneva Connors

Asked myself a question yesterday after being confronted about what do I know believe after leaving “Christianity” practices. My answer was simple,
“I don’t know…” Ran across this article and it peeked my curiosity to know more… Thank you!


I thought fasting was going to be easy because I wasn’t at work, but nope I ended up breaking the fast and eating more than I normally do. I felt like I was starving and weak ?.


I started the fast on Saturday. For breakfast I drank 12 oz of water and throughout the morning I was sipping on herbal tea and it was torture. All I could think about was food. Than I ended up eating two big meals. I will continue to try. Practice makes perfect.


This is Jennille Dublin l am at this learning stage in my life ,seeking the truth about this peculiar nation that was redeemed from Egypt.

Tyrone Anderson

I need to know how can we blk men and blk woman and blk children can use our energy? Like to light a light bulb? Please dont laugh or think im special but it right in us…electricity brings us back to life….we get shocked went playing with it but we can’t use it at all… way….we need this answer Gods and Earths.

Donza Stanley


Clemencia Thomas

Peace. Where is the link to the step by step guide to meditation? ‘Click here’ was not a hyperlink. Thanks King.


I’m very excited about this connection. Earlier today, I was asking myself some questions, such as , what is spirituality and/or spirit? What is African spirituality? I came across your video on YouTube about African spirituality and the 5 parts of the kemetic soul that I thoroughly enjoyed and decided to check out this website. This experience is confirmation that I am on the right path. I love the fact that you share books for me to purchase and read. I will be sharing this information with my friends and family!


Just received the handbook of Yoruba Religious Concepts today! Looking forward to reading it.
Thank you for sharing your list of 12 books to read regarding african spirituality and consciousness.