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Religion and Ceremonial Life

The ancestors of the Somali Bantu people practiced the religion of whatever regions of Africa they inhabited.  Many continued to practice these diverse traditions during their time as slaves.  However, after slavery, Somali Bantus converted to Sunni Islam in large numbers. By the beginning of the 20th century, almost all Somali Bantus had converted.  While a minority of this group has become Christianized in Kenyan refugee camps, Islam remains the religion of the majority. Today, Somali Bantus are considered among the more liberal Muslim groups.                                                                                     

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To learn more about religion and ceremonial life
Cultural Orientation Resource Center
BBC: Religion & Ethics, Islam 

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