Black Heroes and the Spiritual Onyame
An Insight into the Cosmological Worlds of Peoples of African Descent
Norman Barnett's book covers a wide range of historical, social, psychological and religious topics which are pertinent to the lives of Black people in today's world. At the heart of the book is the encouragement to all people to look more objectively at the little known set of principles which govern the lives of the Akan people of Ghana and to see how these principles can be applied to meet the challenges of the modern world. The major objective of the work is to awaken interest in the spiritual Onyame a philosophical system which makes an attempt to provide the tools to develop new approaches to the fundamental difficulties which confront our people, who have been and continue to be plagued by dispossession and racism. This book is highly recommended for libraries, schools, colleges, universities and Churches. It is vital reading for students and academics in African studies, development studies, political science, anthropology as well as for everyone who is concerned about matters of the spirit and of the unseen force which guides us all.
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This is an unusual and intriguing work., Tackling a subject of immense importance. It demands attention from all those concerned with the position of Africa and the black race. The central thesis that African religion can hold its own with world religions is argued with persuasive conviction. The demonstration of links between Akan belief systems in Ghana and those of Egypt - Kush - Ethiopia is compelling. Kay Whiteman, former editor of west Africa magazine This book focuses on the inner conditions of black people, in an empathic and penetrating way. Non - blacks tend to think of African spiritual beliefs as primitive, tribal, conservative - mere ancestor and nature spirit worship. There is an African spirituality far more advanced than this and the author reveals it excellently. Palden Jenkins Writer. Mr. Barnett attempts the seemingly impossible task of identifying and explaining the fundamental underpinnings of the common consciousness of black people everywhere; and he succeeds, at least, in making a respectable case for the view that there is an essential unity of outlook and thought behind the religious and sociological institutions and practices of people of African descent throughout the world. For that reason the publication should be of interest not only to every person of African descent, but also to any one who seriously wishes to understand the place and role of black people in the history and life of humanity in general. Thomas A Mensah JSD. Judge (and first president), International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea, former High Commissioner of Ghana to South Africa. A profound work of Africanism, spiritualism, culture and history. This book displays consciousness as a norm and a way of life - a must read. Fitzroy A. Griffiths III Ph.D. Philosopher