Finding Soul on the Path of Orisa

A West African Spiritual Tradition

Author: Tobe Melora Correal

Publisher: Crossing Press

ISBN: 0307816095

Category: Religion

Page: 182

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In the realm of African spiritual pathways, no tradition is so widely embraced and practiced as the West African religion Orisa. Awakened by her own spiritual journey, Tobe Melora Correal, an initiated priestess in the Yoruba-Lukumi branch of Orisa, guides us along this blessed road. FINDING THE SOUL ON THE PATH OF ORISA provides a fresh look at these ancient teachings and emphasizes introspection and inner work over the outward manifestations of Orisa’s practices. Correal debunks misconceptions surrounding the tradition, drawing us into a lushly textured, Earth-centered spiritual system—a compassionate and useful roadmap for revering God.

Nature's Ancient Religion

Orisha Worship and Ifa

Author: Charles Spencer King

Publisher: Charles Spencer King

ISBN: 1440417334

Category: History

Page: 328

View: 2866

Nature's Ancient Religion is 50% autobiography of the author's spiritual journey from cynic to Babalawo with Wanaldo. His rank in the world's seventh largest religion (175,000,000) is on par with a Catholic Arch Bishop. The author describes each step or level of his rise in Havana, Cuba. Readers are treated to the unique flavor of the forbidden island too. 50% is authoritative narrative of religions including: Catholicism, Christianity, Hinduism, Islam, indigenous and African. Anthropology is discussed including the 2007 Haplogroup mapping that is so important . Fresh pataki ( legends) are introduced, shrines honoring the Orishas are described. Core concepts of Ashe (Nature's energy), Odu, Ancestors, Dead, dreams and divination are probed and explained. The increasing role of women is discussed as well as racial tensions. Nature's Ancient Religion has 22 pages of Orisha worship book reviews, a glossary, index and the illustrations of Victorio Evelio Cue Villate."

Òrìşà Devotion as World Religion

The Globalization of Yorùbá Religious Culture

Author: Jacob Kẹhinde Olupona,Terry Rey

Publisher: Univ of Wisconsin Press

ISBN: 9780299224646

Category: History

Page: 609

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As the twenty-first century begins, tens of millions of people participate in devotions to the spirits called Òrìsà. This book explores the emergence of Òrìsà devotion as a world religion, one of the most remarkable and compelling developments in the history of the human religious quest. Originating among the Yorùbá people of West Africa, the varied traditions that comprise Òrìsà devotion are today found in Africa, the Americas, Asia, Europe, and Australia. The African spirit proved remarkably resilient in the face of the transatlantic slave trade, inspiring the perseverance of African religion wherever its adherents settled in the New World. Among the most significant manifestations of this spirit, Yorùbá religious culture persisted, adapted, and even flourished in the Americas, especially in Brazil and Cuba, where it thrives as Candomblé and Lukumi/Santería, respectively. After the end of slavery in the Americas, the free migrations of Latin American and African practitioners has further spread the religion to places like New York City and Miami. Thousands of African Americans have turned to the religion of their ancestors, as have many other spiritual seekers who are not themselves of African descent. Ifá divination in Nigeria, Candomblé funerary chants in Brazil, the role of music in Yorùbá revivalism in the United States, gender and representational authority in Yorùbá religious culture--these are among the many subjects discussed here by experts from around the world. Approaching Òrìsà devotion from diverse vantage points, their collective effort makes this one of the most authoritative texts on Yorùbá religion and a groundbreaking book that heralds this rich, complex, and variegated tradition as one of the world's great religions.
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The Natural Woman's Book of Personal Charms and Practical Rituals

Author: Luisah Teish

Publisher: Harper Collins

ISBN: 0062508598

Category: Body, Mind & Spirit

Page: 288

View: 6493

A Marvelous Blend of Memoir, Folk Wisdom, and Afro-American Beliefs. Actress, storyteller, and priestess Luisah Teish dramatically re-creates centuries-old African-American traditions with music, memoir, and folk wisdom.


The Beliefs and Rituals of a Growing Religion in America

Author: Miguel A. De La Torre

Publisher: Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing

ISBN: 9780802849731

Category: History

Page: 246

View: 492

An engaging guide to the history, beliefs, rituals, and cultures of Santeria, an Afro-Cuban religion that arose out of the cultural clash of Christianity and African Yoruba beliefs that occurred when slaves were brought to the Americas. Original.

The Altar of My Soul

The Living Traditions of Santeria

Author: Marta Moreno Vega

Publisher: One World

ISBN: 0307567109

Category: Religion

Page: 304

View: 897

Long cloaked in protective secrecy, demonized by Western society, and distorted by Hollywood, Santería is at last emerging from the shadows with an estimated 75 million orisha followers worldwide. In The Altar of My Soul, Marta Moreno Vega recounts the compelling true story of her journey from ignorance and skepticism to initiation as a Yoruba priestess in the Santería religion. This unforgettable spiritual memoir reveals the long-hidden roots and traditions of a centuries-old faith that originated on the shores of West Africa. As an Afro-Puerto Rican child in the New York barrio, Marta paid little heed to the storefront botanicas full of spiritual paraphernalia or to the Catholic saints with foreign names: Yemayá, Ellegua, Shangó. As an adult, in search of a religion that would reflect her racial and cultural heritage, Marta was led to the Way of the Saints. She came to know Santería intimately through its prayers and rituals, drumming and dancing, trances and divination that spark sacred healing energy for family, spiritual growth, and service to others. Written by one who is a professor and a santera priestess, The Altar of My Soul lays before us an electrifying and inspiring faith–one passed down from generation to generation that vitalizes the sacred energy necessary to build a family, a community, and a strong, loving society. From the Trade Paperback edition.


In Praise of an African Goddess

Author: Judith Illsley Gleason

Publisher: Harper San Francisco

ISBN: 9780062504616

Category: Religion

Page: 310

View: 6727

A celebration in folklore, mythology, music, and art of the African goddess Oya. This expanded edition of an underground classic (Shambhala, 1987) features new artwork, new chapter introductions, and songs with musical scores. The author of six books, Judith Gleason has traveled extensively to Africa and the Caribbean to research the ancient and contemporary Yoruba and Santeria traditions.

Powers of the Orishas

Santería and the Worship of Saints

Author: Migene González-Wippler

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9780942272253

Category: Santeria

Page: 126

View: 3254

During the slave trade, the Yoruba of southwestern Nigeria who were brought to Cuba were forbidden to practice their religion by their Spanish masters. To protect themselves, the slaves opted for the identification and disguise of the Orishas with some of the Catholic Saints worshipped by the Spaniards, allowing them to worship their deities without fear of punishment. This book presents the major Orishas of Santeria in their syncretic identifications with some of the Catholic Saints.
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The Handbook Yoruba Religious Concepts

Author: Baba Ifa Karade

Publisher: Weiser Books

ISBN: 9781609256272

Category: Body, Mind & Spirit

Page: 144

View: 5026

In this introductory volume, Baba Ifa Karade provides an easily understandable overview of the Yoruba religion. He describes 16 orisha and shows us how to work with divination, to use the chakras to internalize the teachings of Yoruba, and describes how to create a sacred place of worship. Includes prayers, dances, songs, offerings, and sacrifices to honor the orisha and egun. Illustrations, charts, glossary, bibliography, and index.
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The Way of Orisa

Empowering Your Life Through the Ancient African Religion of Ifa

Author: Philip J. Neimark

Publisher: Harper Collins

ISBN: 0062505572

Category: Body, Mind & Spirit

Page: 208

View: 5076

Carried to the Americas by slaves, the 8,000-year-old philosophy of Ifa originated with the Yoruba peoples of West Africa. Ifa's enduring message of strength and inner peace, one that offers a way to harmonize our spiritual and worldly aims, is enjoying a resurgence of popularity in the West. Written by an avid student and accomplished practitioner, The Way of the Orisa provides an exhilarating introduction to the orisa, the powerful messenger spirits who act as our personal guardians. Through fables, rituals, prayers and simple guidelines, Philip Neimark shows how we can further our personal and professional goals by cultivating the loving support of orisa energy. Joyous, wise and eminently practical, The Way of the Orisa brings a vibrant ancient tradition to contemporary life.

Path to Priesthood

The Making of an African Priest in an American World

Author: Akinkugbe Karade

Publisher: Kanda Mukutu Books

ISBN: 9781890157265

Category: Religion

Page: 111

View: 9367

Baba Akinkugbe Karade has written this book so that the readers will know that Africans both on the continent and the Diaspora, have had and still have vehicles for divine realisation and actualisation. He further states that he has written this book so that people will see that the African traditions exist in America and is a viable way to answer the call 'of spirit'. Not only does the tradition exist, but there are also people responding to it. I have experienced it and I am still experiencing it... This is where my story begins.

The Obelisk and the Cross

An Alternative History of God, Myth and Meaning in the Western World

Author: Tony Sunderland

Publisher: BookBaby

ISBN: 1925515052

Category: Religion

Page: N.A

View: 8929

Why does an ancient Egyptian obelisk celebrating the god of the sun stand in the centre of St Peter’s Square in Vatican City, the home of the Pope and the heartland of Catholicism? Taking this mysterious fact as his starting point, Tony Sunderland examines the history of religious belief in an attempt to understand how what has happened in the past continues to exert a ghostly influence in the present. Going right back to the voluptuous mother goddess figures of our ancestors, the pantheons of the Greeks and Romans, the wisdom of the Hebrew Bible, the birth of Christ, the radical heresies of the Gnostics and the Esoterics, the consolidation of a Catholic orthodoxy and the Protestant revolution, Sunderland traces a history of ideas that shines a light on how and why belief systems are constructed and the role they play in providing meaning and order in a dangerous, volatile world. Where did we come from? Why are we here? What happens when we die? Many alternative explanations of how ‘things came to be’ in the Western world have either been ignored or suppressed by dominant and overpowering narratives of what can be termed as consensus history. This book blends the orthodox view of Western history with alternative interpretations and propositions of historical events. The metaphors of the obelisk and the cross have been used to illustrate the interdependent relationship between the ‘other’ and the ‘orthodox’ respectively. One cannot dominate the other; rather they can only be defined through an understanding of what they are not. Only then, can bridges be made to create a vision of ‘what could be’. “Early Christianity did not compromise. The new faith had two non-negotiable principles: it was exclusive – it did not tolerate other gods or religious faiths; and it was evangelical – it wanted to expand its flock to all who would listen.”

Flash of the Spirit

African & Afro-American Art & Philosophy

Author: Robert Farris Thompson

Publisher: Vintage

ISBN: 0307874338

Category: Art

Page: 336

View: 8170

This landmark book shows how five African civilizations—Yoruba, Kongo, Ejagham, Mande and Cross River—have informed and are reflected in the aesthetic, social and metaphysical traditions (music, sculpture, textiles, architecture, religion, idiogrammatic writing) of black people in the United States, Cuba, Haiti, Trinidad, Mexico, Brazil and other places in the New World.

Creole Religions of the Caribbean

An Introduction from Vodou and Santeria to Obeah and Espiritismo

Author: Lizabeth Paravisini-Gebert

Publisher: NYU Press

ISBN: 0814762573

Category: Religion

Page: 324

View: 9534

Creolization—the coming together of diverse beliefs and practices to form new beliefs and practices-is one of the most significant phenomena in Caribbean religious history. Brought together in the crucible of the sugar plantation, Caribbean peoples drew on the variants of Christianity brought by European colonizers, as well as on African religious and healing traditions and the remnants of Amerindian practices, to fashion new systems of belief. Creole Religions of the Caribbean offers a comprehensive introduction to the syncretic religions that have developed in the region. From Vodou, Santería, Regla de Palo, the Abakuá Secret Society, and Obeah to Quimbois and Espiritismo, the volume traces the historical-cultural origins of the major Creole religions, as well as the newer traditions such as Pocomania and Rastafarianism. Chapters devoted to specific traditions trace their history, their pantheons and major rituals, and their current-day expressions in the Caribbean and in the diaspora. The volume also provides a general historical background of the Caribbean region. Creole Religions of the Caribbean is the first text to provide a study of the Creole religions of the Caribbean and will be an indispensable guide to the development of these rich religious traditions and practices. With 23 black and white illustrations

Yorùbá Theology & Tradition

The Worship

Author: Ayọ̀ Salami

Publisher: N.A


Category: Divination

Page: 655

View: 2156


The Way of the Elders

West African Spirituality & Tradition

Author: Adama Doumbia,Naomi Doumbia

Publisher: Llewellyn Worldwide

ISBN: 9780738706269

Category: History

Page: 193

View: 4029

A rare and authentic look into the spirituality of West Africa, particularly the Mande culture, including fundamental beliefs that permeate tribal life. Original.

The Spirit of a Man

A Vision of Transformation for Black Men and the Women Who Love Them

Author: Iyanla Vanzant

Publisher: Harper Collins

ISBN: 0062512390

Category: Self-Help

Page: 304

View: 1657

A message of spiritual empowerment for African American men combines parables, meditation, prayer, and ritual to guide them
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The Haitian Vodou Handbook

Protocols for Riding with the Lwa

Author: Kenaz Filan

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 1594779953

Category: Body, Mind & Spirit

Page: 304

View: 7483

A working guide to the proper methods of interacting with the full Vodou pantheon • Includes the myths, cultural heritage, and ancestral lineage of the lwa and how to honor and serve them • Provides an introduction and guide that is especially useful for the solitary practitioner • Discusses the relationship between Vodou, Haitian culture, and Catholicism In The Haitian Vodou Handbook, Kenaz Filan, an initiate of the Société la Belle Venus, presents a working guide to the proper methods of interacting with the full Vodou pantheon, explaining how to build respectful relationships with the lwa, the spirits honored in Haitian Vodou, and how to transform the fear that often surrounds the Vodou religion. Until recently, the Haitian practice of Vodou was often identified with devil worship, dark curses, and superstition. Some saw the saint images and the Catholic influences and wrote Vodou off as a “Christian aberration.” Others were appalled by the animal sacrifices and the fact that the Houngans and Mambos charge money for their services. Those who sought Vodou because they believed it could harness “evil” forces were disappointed when their efforts to gain fame, fortune, or romance failed and so abandoned their “voodoo fetishes.” Those who managed to get the attention of the lwa, often received cosmic retaliation for treating the spirits as attack dogs or genies, which only further cemented Vodou’s stereotype as “dangerous.” Filan offers extensive background information on the featured lwa, including their mythology and ancestral lineage, as well as specific instructions on how to honor and interact fruitfully with those that make themselves accessible. This advice will be especially useful for the solitary practitioner who doesn’t have the personal guidance of a societé available. Filan emphasizes the importance of having a quickened mind that can read the lwa’s desires intuitively in order to avoid establishing dogma-based relationships. This working guide to successful interaction with the full Vodou pantheon also presents the role of Vodou in Haitian culture and explores the symbiotic relationship Vodou has maintained with Catholicism.
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The Sacred Ifa Oracle

Author: Afolabi A. Epega,Philip John Neimark

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9781890157180

Category: Body, Mind & Spirit

Page: 549

View: 8846

Discover answers to life's questions using the Ifa Oracle -- an ancient African divination tool and the spiritual foundation for Candomble, Santeria, and Vodun. Compared by Henry Louis Gates Jr, to the Homeric epics, the Bible, and the Koran, the Ifa Oracle stands as 'a monument to human imagination, poetry, and will'. Now, for the first time, all 256 sacred stories of this ancient oral tradition have been translated into English by Dr Afolabi Epega, a fifth generation babalawo, or Ifa priest. With a preface and introduction that contextualise the powerful messages of Ifa wisdom for modern life, and classic and Western interpretations by American babalawo Philip Neimark and Dr Epega, The Sacred Ifa Oracle stands as the definitive text on this timeless philosophical tradition.


God in Yoruba belief

Author: E. Bọlaji Idowu

Publisher: Longman Nigeria


Category: Religion

Page: 222

View: 8922