This comparative study of African religion and psychology deals with the idea of the soul and the spiritual powers of man and animals in West African belief. Based on personal research supported by anthropological study, it covers most of the coast and hinterland from the Ivory Coast to Eastern Nigeria. It records beliefs in a future life; reincarnation; metamorphosis; ghosts; hysterical possession; soul-eating by witches; and the interpretation of dreams.
Edward Geoffrey Simons Parrinder (30.04.1910-) was educated at Richmond College (London) and Faculte libre de theologie protestante (Montpellier). He became Professor of Comparative Study of Religions, at King's College (University of London). Publications: West African Religion, 1949 West African Psychology, 1951 African Ideas of God, 1961 Witchcraft: European & African, 1963 Religion in Africa, 1969 Avatar and Incarnation, 1970 Dictionary of non-Christian religions, 1971 The Indestructible Soul, 1973 The Wisdom of the Forest, 1975 Mysticism in the world's religions, 1976 World Religions: From Ancient History to the Present, 1984 Encountering World Religions, 1987 A Concise Encyclopaedia of Christianity, 1998