Can African Americans come to know the African Gods and Goddesses like the Greek, Roman or Norse Ones?

flee72dpiwebOver the last couple of months, I’ve been working on the foundation of my upcoming African Elemental series.  In some ways, it’s been an adventure.  Research always does that to writers.  It’s a form of the creative process or creativity.  Because I write dark paranormal, I don’t have to be as historically accurate or as precise as other authors.  But it begs the critical question, when you’re unfamiliar with a culture or tradition, how far should you go?  Then it dawned on me, why am I so unfamiliar with West African gods and goddesses? I don’t seem to have this disconnect with Greek, Roman, or Norse ones. What’s up with that?