Religion in Africa is multifaceted and has been a major influence on art, culture and philosophy. Today, the continent's various populations and individuals are mostly adherents of Christianity, Islam, and to a lesser extent several Traditional African religions. This series of photo's looks into the beauty found in religion and spirituality in Africa.
This affinity of pharaoh and lion demonstrated that the king was united with the powerful solar deity Sekhmet, daughter of the sun god Ra, who is depicted herself with the head of a lioness. As a solar symbol, the sphinx was also associated with Harmakhis, Lord of the Two Horizons, who represents the rising and setting sun identified with rebirth and resurrection.
The Christian cross, seen as a representation of the instrument of the crucifixion of Jesus, is the best-known symbol of Christianity.
In Islam, a string of 99 beads represents each name of Allah.
Spiritually the ankh represented the key to all hidden knowledge. The loop symbolized the eternal soul as it has no beginning or end.
Maat refers to the ancient Egyptian concepts of truth, balance, order, harmony, law, morality, and justice.
Sangomas communicate with Ancestors, work with plant medicine (herbalism) and use the power of prayer for healing. They are the connection between the spirit realm and the carnal.
There is always beauty found in believing. Spirituality is not the renunciation of life; it is the art of living fully.