Ghana Religious Records

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Buddhist[edit | edit source]

Ghana has the largest Buddhist Temple outside of Japan. The first Nichiren Shoshu Temple in Africa was opened in Accra in 1998. [1]

Catholic Records[edit | edit source]

Hindui Records[edit | edit source]

Since 1947 Hinduism has been practiced in Ghana. It is spread in Ghana by Ghana's Hindu Monastery. Hindu temples are located in Accra.About 25,000 or 0.1% of the population in Ghana is Hindu. [2]

Islamic Records[edit | edit source]

Islam made entry into the Northern Territories of Ghana at the beginning of the fifteenth century (some indicate entry dating back to the 10th century as well) and is practiced widely today as one of the major religions of the country. About 20% of the population in Ghana is Muslim. The followers of Islam are broken down into different factions or sub groups. The majority of Muslims being followers of Sunni Islam, with an approximate 20% belonging to the Ahmadiyya movement and 8% approximately belonging to Shia Islam. The Maliki school of jurisprudence was one of the most common factions until Afa Ajura's reformist activities in the 1960's. Then Ghana saw a shift toward Hanbali doctrine. Sufism waned notably over the years; yet the Tijaniyah and the Qadiriyah brotherhoods are still represented among Ghana's traditionalist Muslims. Some metropolitan areas and cities in areas with a significant Muslim population have Islamic or Arabic schools offering all levels of education.[3]

Protestant Records[edit | edit source]

Rastafarian Records[edit | edit source]

The Rastafari movement arose around 1930. There are many Rastafari places of worship in Ghana, particularly on the coast. [4]

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