Despite the Western misrepresentation of the animism of African religions, they share the belief in one God the Creator who is only accessible through the intermediaries of spiritual forces, energies emanating from nature and ancestral spirits. The fetishes are only the intercessors between man and these invisible but omnipresent forces. Ritual objects for prayer and sacrifice are merely where these entities temporarily reside as the diviner-healer struggles to reconcile with them.
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