Traffic is firstly dependent on if a person is interested in knowing the information. That means someone wants to know ‘Forgotten African gods’ or at least ‘African gods’. That leads to popularity.
Next, there are two sources for traffic. One is social media sharing. Once published it is shared at HubPages on the feed of your followers and followers of the topic. And, it is shared the same way with daily HubPages announcement email. Next, you can share it to social media sites like Facebook, Pinterest, Twitter, and others. You can share it easily to Facebook & Pinterst if you are a member using the links at the upper left of the article.
The other source for traffic is by organic searches done on a Search Engine like Google. Steady traffic may take 6 months or more. People will do a query. The result is articles that will satisfy that in ranking order. The higher the ranking is the better chance they will open the article. Bettering ranking can be done with Search Engine Optimization (SEO) techniques.
The important ones are a search friendly title, using keywords or phrases, the quality of the article, and if the article answers the query. A key to search friendly titles is keeping them at or less than 65 characters or they will be truncated. Another is to have the keywords or phrase in it. Your title does that well. The opening paragraph and article summary should use the keywords or phrase too. And, the keywords or phrase should be in the article ‘naturally’. In other words, do not keyword stuff or over use them unnaturally. A very important factor is article quality.
How it works? I did a search using ‘Who are forgotten African gods’. The result is it is on the 1st page at #9. I did the keyword phrase ‘Forgotten African gods’ the result is page #1 at #5. Both in my view are good. Next, I did ‘African gods’ and I could not see it looking through 20 pages. So, easily seen is the keywords make a difference and, too, the competition with articles and websites that answers the query.
Next, at the title is a short snippet from the article. It will be the summary or the opening of the 1st paragraph. Yours is:
“African religions are as countless as the ethnic groups that are dominant on the continent of Africa. Therefore, there existed many gods and deities that were ...”
The user will decide from the title and that if it will answer their query, thus open the article creating a view. That snippet should reinforce the title.
I hope that helps . . .