Some say that there are 400 and others say that there are more than 3,000. Islam, and both of these books has strengths as historical and The spirituality of Yoruba focuses deeply on self exploration, learning one’s destiny (or fate), interacting with the spirits of nature as well as one’s ancestors, and getting yourself right with the almighty creator Oludumare. That being said, everyone on the continent doesn't believe and do the same thing. West Africa’s Orisha and Astrology. In America, the black church has historically been a place of connection, comfort, and political action — but it hasn't been perfect. I never saw myself represented, but I saw my culture," says Lilly Ayers. Cause there is no push/pull-inhale/exhale of the breath to keep the cells together. Believe in God, love and do unto others as you would have done to yourself, always be humble about yourself. All has a right to believe whatever resonates with their spirit. Very Very Interesting read lots of respect for nature spirit is utilized a lot . Spirituality is the state of your soul, emotions, beliefs, mindset, and connection to the infinite. intwinaka posted an update 22 seconds ago, Naiym D. posted an update in the group African Spirituality Study and Practice Group 8 hours, 27 minutes ago, Naiym D. joined the group African Spirituality Study and Practice Group 8 hours, 33 minutes ago, Demetrius Irick posted an update in the group Grand Rising Daily Motivation 19 hours, 55 minutes ago, intwinaka posted an update 21 hours, 33 minutes ago. This is a quiet place in cyberspace Born out of enslavement in the Americas, these ancestral practices often infuse Christainaity (and Catholicism) with West African spiritual traditions to provide a more affirming and healing experience. For instance, the term 'Kaffir', which is used in many of A belief in an almighty God who had many helpers (saints and angels). He doesn’t exist. This one is a keeper. Today, we are all praying to Jesus to help us fix the economy of Nigeria. If you are true in your heart you are pure in intent and I believe intent is where we can be saved. or misrepresentations of traditional culture. Today, many people of African descent are returning to their roots via exploration with the Yoruba spirituality. I found myself going hungry because I couldn’t swing through the drive thru of my favorite fast food restaurant anymore and also didn’t know what I could make for myself. It was not what I was expecting and I wish the author had gone into more detail, but I am pleased to have this book. Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. I wasn’t moved at all and to some capacity, it felt like more of a spectacle than anything,” she tells Shondaland. In the Christian Evangelical system, many of the Orisha’s were simply abolished. The Way of the Elders co-authored by a West African native raised in the Mande tradition offers rare and authentic insight into the spirituality of West Africa, and particularly the Mande culture. Black women are experiencing a period of spiritual reclamation and seeking spiritual beliefs that connect them to home. Orishas also live on the Earth, rather than the sky. To them, all life is spiritual. To calculate the overall star rating and percentage breakdown by star, we don’t use a simple average. Yet the beliefs of Yoruba are also incredibly widespread around the world. Yoruba is a West African spirituality that some Anthropologists estimate is 10,000 years old! Then you have the mental plane then the causal plane the spiritual plane and then the soul plane. Two short articles by Lafcadio Hearn about New Orleans Voodoo. Change ), You are commenting using your Twitter account. NOW ENJOY SOME SMOOTH RHYTHMS – DUB MUSIC BEFORE DUB STEP WAS A THING…, Jah Shaka & Mad Professor – People of Yoruba, Ancient African Religion Finds Roots in America (NPR), The Handbook of Yoruba Religious Concepts (Book on Amazon). ( Log Out / One cannot expect people in the West to suddenly adopt an African worldview. From what research has shown, fasting might be the single greatest natural healing therapy missing in today’s Western lifestyle. However, not all spirits are good. Maragh (Leonard Percival Howell) [1935?] Atum named the boy shu which means air and he named the girl tefnut which means moisture. You see the Yoruba have specially trained intercessors called either Babalawo if men (which means Father of secrets) or Iyalawo if women (Mother of Secrets) who through an intense period of training are taught divination techniques that allow clients to seek help or advice from the Heavenly realm on anything from relationship problems to job issues. These books have a great amount of useful information on this topic, The practical side of this could be what michael tellinger call Ubuntu. The person that said the country is poor because the people worship a different God other than that of Christians obviously doesn’t know what she’s talking about. And when you take your last breath the spirit or breath spirals upward out your body. Wherever matter occurs, Spirit can be found, and vice versa. A classic--and very rare--Afrocentric religious text from the early 20th century, acclaimed by many Rastafarians as a forerunner of their beliefs. Hence large elements of West African, particularly Yoruba, religion (blended with Catholicism) can be found in religions such as Vodun (also known as Voodoo) (Haiti), Candomblè (Brazil) and Santeria (Carribean). Women of color, especially black and brown women, are coming into themselves. Let us know what’s wrong with this preview of, Published A short anthology of quotes from Haile Selassie compiled by a Rastafarian group. The Evolution of Religion and Spirituality From Ancient Times to Today, Why Wicca and Celtic Paganism Are Different Things, Howard David Johnson's Realistic Mythology Art, Homesteading Self Sufficiency and Survival, Native American Spirituality and Thoughts, How to Cosplay a Borg Without Going Broke, How to Cosplay a Quarian Without Going Broke, New Behemoth Video “Messe Noire”, H. R. Giger Tribute, Includes Sharon of Toxic Vision. Therefore, that a grandmother or grandfather will reincarnated back into his or her family tree. We may earn commission on some of the items you choose to buy. There are no discussion topics on this book yet. It’s not uncommon for a boy to be called names like Babatunde which means “Father Returns” or Yetunde which means “the mother comes back again”. So its no wonder so many people in the West suffer from these issues! Not even the jews believe in the devil only evil which can come from the God head as well as good . Africans don’t view spirituality as a part of life. a definite must read, Reviewed in the United States on January 13, 2017, Reviewed in the United States on January 29, 2016. Nigeria is arguably the most religious country in the world with over 200 million people either Christian or Moslem. Learn how your comment data is processed. The word spirit means breath. We have Western (contemporary Christianity, Islam, and Judaism - though it should be noted that at the root none are truly Western) , we have the seemingly opposing view of Eastern (Buddhism, Hinduism, taosim etc. I ended up buying some vegan cookbooks, and that is how I found Queen Afua (who we interviewed for our podcast). It is possible for you to develop your spirituality without religion. these texts to refer to the Xhosa (Nelson Mandela's tribe), Pingback: Today I honor the OSHUN In Me – WOMAN1SH. Drums and Shadows Jesus name in aramaic is yashua and in Egypt shu means to uplift and is the personification of air his symbol is a feather…hence the breath of life. Howell advanced ideas similar to later Rastafarian beliefs, particularly casting Haile Selassie as the Black Messiah.