Wednesday, September 10, 2014

African Devotees of Maha Durga

There are several devotees in Africa whose parents embraced the Sanatan Hindu Dhrama in Ghana, Africa, under the guidance of His Holiness Shri Ghanananda Saraswati, a Hindu Swami of Ghanian descent.

Several devotees incorporated Hindu deities and rituals into African practices. So when the tribes performed a war dance, they incorporated the worship of Durga, who is the commander of the forces of the Devatas.

Every year on Navaratri, African devotees celebrated Mother Durga’s victory over Mahisasur, which gives her the name Mahisasurmardini. In the book ‘Hindu Gods in West Africa: Ghanaian Devotees of Shiva and Krishna’ by Albert Wuaku, the author recounts how members of the Akan tribe celebrate Navaratri with a war dance along with chanting hymns to the Goddess.

Women handle most of the rituals during Navaratri. They asked Swami to let them do so as a celebration of God in her feminine aspect should give women an important position to women.

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