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The Serer religion, or a ?at Roog ("the way of the Divine"), is the original religious beliefs, practices, and teachings of the Serer people of Senegal in West Africa. The Serer people believe in a universal supreme deity called Roog (or Rog). In the Cangin languages, Roog is referred to as Koox (or Kooh), Kopé Tiatie Cac, Kokh Kox, etc.
The Serer people are found throughout the Senegambia region. Serer religious practices encompass ancient chants and poems, veneration of and offerings to deities as well as spirits (pangool), astronomy, Initiation rites, medicine, cosmology and Serer history.
Serer representation of the universe. The three worlds : the invisible world, the terrestrial world and the nocturnal world.
Festivals & Events
There are several Serer religious festivals some of which are listed below :
' Daqaar mboob - Diouck - Gamo - Jobai - Khanghere - Mindisse - Mbosseh - Mboudaye - Randou Rande - Raan (held at Tukar, see also Saltigue) - Sam Southieh - The consultation at Ngalagne - The massacre of Cadde - The royal struggle - The session struggle at Ndiaye-Ndiaye - The session struggle Jiloor (Jijaak) - Tobaski - Tourou Peithie - Xoy (main Xoy held at Fatick)
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Lamane Jegan Joof was a Serer lamane who according to Serer tradition founded the Serer village of Tukar now part of present-day Senegal. The Raan Festival, a major event in the Serer religious calendar takes place each year at Tukar, two weeks after the appearance of the new moon in April. He is reported to have been accompanied by a group of Pangool when he migrated from Lambaye with his brother Ndik following a disagreement with his relative the king of Lambaye. In his epic and the epic of Tukar, he is reported to have canonised the pangool Lunguñ Joof (Serer proper : Lunguñ Juuf).
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Did you know...
- ...that the Serer creator god (Roog) created the universe and everything in it using his feminine principles according to the Serer creation narrative, and the first human couple were called YAAB and YOP (female and male respectively)?
- ...that Tiurakh is the god of wealth and success and is normally worshiped and invoked for materialistic reasons?
- ...that The Battle of Fandane-Thiouthioune is the proper name for "The Battle of Somb", and although the battle was mainly religious, it also had a political and economic dimension?
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