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An Archaeological Study of the Origins of the Afterlife Beliefs from Early to Modern Humans in Africa

Jock Matthew Agai

Article Number - 633C827CF16C7  | Vol. 2(2), pp. 14-20, October 2022  | 
 Received: 25 July 2022 |  Accepted: 16 September 2022  |   Published: 5 October 2022

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In African traditional religions, the ideas surrounding the concept of death as a journey to a more reliable world is a precursor for the beliefs in reincarnation, transmigration, heaven, hell, ancestors, and in the existence of supreme beings. Africans beatify the afterlife as if they founded and spread the beliefs around the world. While the afterlife beliefs are highly revered in Africa, the study of the origins of the afterlife beliefs is less associated with Africa. Recent archaeological study reveals questionable results regarding the connection of Neanderthals that originated the afterlife beliefs with early humans that lived in Africa. This research investigates the origins of the afterlife beliefs among early humans in connection with its transmission to modern humans.


Keywords: Afterlife, Ancestors, Early Humans, Modern Humans, Yorubaland.




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Jock Matthew Agai

School of Religion, Philosophy & Classics, University of Kwa-Zulu Natal, South Africa. Email: [email protected], Tel.: +2348035931696



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Agai, J. M. (2022). An Archaeological Study of the Origins of the Afterlife Beliefs from Early to Modern Humans in Africa. Journal of Culture, History and Archaeology, 2(2), 14-20.


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