The Serer Religion (FAAT ROG)
It is common to refer to African religious beliefs as Animism. In many cases, especially in scholarly works, the term “Animism” is used as a short hand to refer to African religious beliefs. Seereer religion is not “Animism” and the SRC does not use the term to refer to Seereer religion. Many of those who practice the faith, Seereer theologians and scholars of Seereer religion and culture regard it as an offensive or improper word to describe Seereer religion and African religious beliefs in general. In the Seereer context, the word has its roots during the colonial days, used by the colonialists to refer to the original religious beliefs of the Seereer people in a negative way. It is not uncommon to find Senegambians (irrespective of ethnic or religious belief) refer to Seereer religion as “Animism”. Even president Léopold Sédar Senghor (Leopool Sedaar Sengoor), a Seereer by birth, who was a staunch advocate for Seereer religion and culture in spite of his Catholic beliefs, used to refer to Seereer religion as Animism.
Reference: Serer Resource Center