By Ayodeji Olukoju
Liberia has a robust connection to the USA in that it used to be based via former slaves in 1822. even supposing Liberia had existed as an self sustaining African state and a logo of desire to the African peoples less than the rule of thumb of assorted colonial powers, its contemporary historical past has been bedeviled by means of a protracted upheaval following an army coup d'etat in 1980. during this context, the narrative highlights the individuality of Liberians of their negotiation of conventional indigenous and sleek practices, and the adjustments wrought via Christianity and Western influences.
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Elwood Dunn, Amos J. Beyan, and Carl Patrick Burrowes, Historical Dictionary of Liberia, 2nd ed. : Scarecrow Press, 2001). 2. Ibid. R EFERENCES Dunn, D. Elwood, Amos J. Bevan, and Carl Patrick Burrowes. Historical Dictionary of Liberia, 2nd ed. : Scarecrow Press, 2001. Levy, Patricia. Liberia, 2nd ed. New York: Benchmark Books, 1998. Liebenow, J. G. Liberia: The Quest for Democracy. Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 1987. Osaghae, Eghosa E. Ethnicity, Class and the Struggle for State Power in Liberia.
Such churches could also be seen as contributing to the healing process in the country by promising relief from physical ailments and material destitution, and by claiming power over so-called evil powers or agents of Satan. They attract large crowds not only because they proffer solutions to problems of daily existence, but also because their message and methods resonate with the people. Liberians are quite familiar with the techniques and vocabulary employed by the preachers, which are akin to those used by traditional priests and diviners.
In addition, Islam found a willing audience among the indigenous African peoples of Liberia because, unlike Christianity, it was more tolerant of indigenous cultural practices, such as polygyny. Islam also did not condemn slavery, the ancient practice of divination, veneration of ancestors, or propitiation through sacrifice. Islam spread slowly by the foregoing means in the Liberian hinterland. The Vai and Loma were the earliest indigenous people to convert to Islam. The Vai had had commercial relations with the Mandingo, with whom they shared cultural and linguistic ties that predisposed them to accepting the new religion propagated by the latter.