Choose characteristics for each spiritual theme, then see how it connects with beliefs and practices of 17th-century Eastern Algonquian, West Central African, and English (Anglican) religions.
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English colonization forced religions to shift and change over time. The English attempted to assimilate Eastern Algonquian peoples and convert them to Christianity. The Powhatan and other tribal groups resisted assimilation but at times incorporated elements of Christianity into their own religious practices.
In areas of West Central Africa colonized by the Portuguese, elements of traditional religion and Christianity mixed. Kongolese ancestral shrines became associated with Christian saints, and the word ‘holy’ became synonymous with nkisi (the force that connects all beings and souls). Some Eastern Algonquian and West Central African leaders adopted Christianity for strategic military and political reasons.
Did you make any personal connections with the cultural ideologies presented here? How can religion(s) bring communities together through both their shared characteristics and their differences? How has religion evolved to fit the changing needs of your community?