Acknowledging that the Yoruba are one of the largest and most important groups of people in West Africa, apart from its value as a cultural treasure, African Narratives of Orishas, Spirits and Other Deities will also delight the readers with its wealth of information on Yoruba/Vodun religious beliefs which are told in a spirited form with humor and poetry. Every page reveals the different deeds and aspects of Yoruba deities known as Ori a, as well as a number of spirits and other deities. This stunning collection of narratives showcases the diversity of Yoruba Ori a culture and evokes the power of A . It gives West African deities their much deserved respect and place in world culture. In this collection, Alex Cuoco, specifically kept the text in a non-academic format to afford the reader a free flow of thought without interruptions to check notes. He also chose to use simple language throughout the book to make the texts understandable and valuable to the general reader, as well as, making it a great contribution to the informed. The narratives and all other supporting topics in this work examine Ori a/Vodun beliefs in cultures in Nigeria, Benin, Togo, as well as, the Angola/Congo Nkisi deities, thus creating a cross-cultural foundation for spiritual learning and gaining of wisdom and knowledge. (Contains an extensive glossary).
Author: Diedre Badejo
Publisher: Africa World Pr
Release Date: 1996
What does our sophisticated, technically advanced society have to learn from a venerable African goddess? That is the question Dr. Diedre Badejo set out to answer a decade ago, armed only with a tape recorder, a working knowledge of Yoruba language, literature, and culture, and a mental "image" of the African Motherland molded as much by her great grandmother's character as by her own experience of the Black Power and Black Studies movements of the '60s and '70s. The answers Dr. Badejo found as she immersed herself in the ritual orature, sacred songs, and festival drama of the Yoruba goddess Osun Seegesi at the deity's principal shrine in the city of Osogbo, Nigeria, are shared with the world in this detailed documentary/analysis that presents a startling view of human relations and relationships that is powerful in its practicality and revolutionary in its civility. What Osun (pronounced "Oh-Shoon") offers to a civilization standing "at the crossroads" and poised on the "abyss of transition",says the author, is nothing less than "an African feminist theory that challenges the hegemony of the Western social order" with a holistic sociocultural vision that recognizes and affirms the reciprocal role of women and men in building and sustaining a truly civil society.
African Gods is a photographic journey through a world of soothsayers, healers, priests, witch doctors, and prophets. Daniel Lainé's haunting photographs capture moments of intense spirituality during rituals, exorcisms, dances, and magical rites, many of which are open only to initiates, and some of which will soon be los' forever. A spiritual journey through twelve African countries : Nigeria, South Africa, the lvory Coast, Benin, Togo, Guinea, Cameroon, Ghana, Mali, Congo, Gabon, and Uganda - African Gods is as enlightening as it is visually stunning.
The Holy Odu is a collection of Odus from the Ifa Literary Corpus . These sacred teachings have been passed down orally for thousands of years only to be first written about in the 20th century. This collection contains a small sampling of the entire corpus with 2 ese ( verses) for each of the 16 major Odus and 1 ese ( verse) for each of the minor Odu. This collection is enhanced by practical commentary for contemplation and interpretation for each of the 256 odu. Awo Fategbe' further expands this book by offering several chapters on Yoruba Theology and the Interpretation of the verses. Iyanifa Fayele' Faseguntunde offers an introduction on African philosophical thought.
Author: Carol B. Duncan
Publisher: Wilfrid Laurier Univ. Press
Release Date: 2008-08-01
A richly detailed study that explores the emergence of the Spiritual Baptist faith, an African-Caribbean religious tradition, in Toronto, Canada. Originating in Trinidad, Tobago and St Vincent, it is now practiced in cities such as New York, London, as well as Toronto.
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.
Author: Michael Ostling
Release Date: 2017-11-23
This book examines the fairies, demons, and nature spirits haunting the margins of Christendom from late-antique Egypt to early modern Scotland to contemporary Amazonia. Contributions from anthropologists, folklorists, historians and religionists explore Christian strategies of encompassment and marginalization, and the ‘small gods’ undisciplined tendency to evade such efforts at exorcism. Lurking in forest or fairy-mound, chuckling in dark corners of the home or of the demoniac’s body, the small gods both define and disturb the borders of a religion that is endlessly syncretistic and in endless, active denial of its own syncretism. The book will be of interest to students of folklore, indigenous Christianity, the history of science, and comparative religion.
First English publication of all four of Sekien's masterworks: The Illustrated Demons' Night Parade, More Illustrated Demons from Past and Present, Even More Demons from Past and Present, and An Idle Horde of Things.
Author: Philip J. Neimark
Publisher: Harper Collins
Release Date: 1993-05-28
Genre: Body, Mind & Spirit
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.
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.