Proverbs

African knowledge of God is expressed in Proverbs, short statements, songs, prayers, names, myths, stories and religious ceremonies.  All these are easy to remember and pass on to other people since there are no sacred writings (texts) in traditional societies.  One should not, therefore, expect long dissertations about God.

Ashanti proverb:

“No one shows a child the Supreme Being.”  

That means that everyone knows of God’s existence, by instinct, and even children know God.

Proverbs are ways of expressing spiritual ideas and feelings.  It is in Proverbs that we find the remains of the oldest African spiritual systems and philosophical wisdom.