April 15, 2010

Sub-Saharan Africa Religion Database

This interactive database allows users to explore public opinion in 19 sub-Saharan African nations on topics ranging from religious beliefs and practices to views on religious extremism and morality.

The findings come from more than 25,000 face-to-face interviews in more than 60 languages or dialects in 19 countries, representing 75% of the total population of sub-Saharan Africa. The data are among the results published in a report by the Pew Research Center's Forum on Religion & Public Life.

African Traditions › Ceremonies to Honor Ancestors

Do you ever participate in traditional African ceremonies to honor ancestors?

Select a response option and use the arrows to sort the data alphabetically, by total population, among Christians or among Muslims.

Percent responding “yes”

Country % Total Population % Among Christians % Among Muslims
Botswana
29
26
NA
Cameroon
40
40
28
Chad
36
31
34
Djibouti
22
NA
22
DR Congo
19
15
21
Ethiopia
7
7
8
Ghana
27
26
12
Guinea Bissau
47
49
43
Kenya
15
15
8
Liberia
29
16
33
Mali
33
NA
33
Mozambique
19
20
20
Nigeria
9
9
7
Rwanda
3
3
NA
Senegal
40
NA
38
South Africa
52
50
NA
Tanzania
34
31
35
Uganda
19
19
20
Zambia
13
13
NA

Complete Question Wording: Q68g. And do you ever participate in traditional African ceremonies or perform special acts to honor or celebrate your ancestors?

Note: In countries where there were too few interviews with either Muslims or Christians, that subpopulation was not analyzed. Figures may not add to 100 due to rounding.

Read the survey methodology and the topline questionnaire.