The African continent is home to hundreds of indigenous tribes who speak a variety of languages and believe in different spiritual concepts. People can of course not say “African religion” as if it were a single, coherent belief. The version of these religions developed in the new world is known as the religion of African diasporas. When African slaves were transported to the New World between the 16th and 19th centuries, each of them brought their own personal beliefs. However, the slave owners deliberately mixed slaves from a variety of backgrounds in order to have a slave group that could not easily communicate with themselves, thus weakening the ability to rebel. In addition, Christian slave owners often ban the practice of pagan religions (even if they also prohibit conversion to Christianity). Therefore, strangers who unite in the environment secretly practice a group of slaves. Traditions from multiple tribes began to mix together. If local people are also used for slave labor, they may also adopt the native beliefs of the new world. Finally, when slaves began to be allowed to convert to Christianity (understanding that this transformation would not rid them of slavery), they also began to mix Christian beliefs, either for practical beliefs or for the need to practice faith. Since African diaspora religions are strongly drawn from many different sources, they are often also identified as fusion religions.