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Africa is a large continent with a long and complex history. For most of Africa’s history, different groups practiced a wide variety of religions that were polytheistic and animist. Animist religions believe that objects in the natural world have spiritual power. These traditional religions also usually believe in many gods, or polytheism. For example, the Yoruba religion in Eastern Africa believes that all things are connected and energized by one supreme god called Olorun; however, there are many Orishas, or deities, that can control parts of nature.