A. Hierarchy of beings
The Africans understand the universe to consist of two parts.
This ordering is what is referred to as the hierarchy of beings.
It can be divided into seven categories as follows;
Inter-relationship of all things, living and non-living
(i) Human Beings and God
Many African myths of creation point to the fact that human beings are dependent on God e.g.
(ii) Human Beings and animals
Africans believe God gave human beings animals for their use and should handle them responsibly.
The following are the uses of animals to human beings;
(iii) Human beings and plants
Human beings depend on plants in various ways e.g.
Construction of buildings.
Some trees are used as sacred places of worship.
Pasture for their animals.
Provision of shelter.
(iv) Human beings and non-living things
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