n Filosofia Theoretica: Journal of African Philosophy, Culture and Religions - The dimensions of African cosmology

Volume 2, Issue 2
  • ISSN : 2276-8386
  • E-ISSN: 2408-5987



In an attempt to understand the meaning of 'African Cosmology' and its constituent elements, it would be worthwhile to first explore the concept 'cosmology'. Etymologically, it is from the Greek words: and , meaning 'universe' and 'science' respectively. Put together, it is the 'science of the universe'. Thus, in this paper, and universe will be used interchangeably, and by universe it is meant worldview. For a further and profound enquiry as to the meaning of worldview, there is a copious cache of literature available in this regard. One needs to glance at the works of eminent scholars like Wambutda (1986), Ejizu (1986), Achebe (1986), Onuoha (1987), Metuh (1987), Ubesie (2004), Madubuko (2004), Madu (2004), Ezenweke and Kanu (2012). Very significant to their analysis, is an underlining principle that speaks of cosmologies as basically religious, which gives a sense of purpose and direction to the lives of people and enables them to act purposefully and exercise a measure of control over their environment. It is in this regard that Metuh (1987) maintains that cosmology answers fundamental questions about the place and relationship of man with the universe. This cannot be done outside the ambience of supernatural power or powers and thus religion.

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