Vodun F.A.Q.: Do I Have to Be Initiated to Practice An ATR?

Initiation is very important in most African traditional religions.  You may worship whichever deities you like, so long as you do so respectfully, but it is important to understand that Vodun and other African and diaspora belief systems are alive and have actual communities practicing in unbroken lines for over 10,000 years.  They have actual communities of followers keeping aeons old traditions.  It may not look as organized as Christianity, Judaism, or Islam, and our …

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What is an Ebbo?

An ebbo is basically an offering to the Orishas.  There are many kinds of ebbo that practitioners of Vodun and west African diaspora practitioners do. In some groups in the diaspora, some make a distinction between adimmu and ebbo, and base this on the outcome of divination.  Others say that adimmu is specifically a food offering, and ebbo involves animal sacrifice.  In still others, an adimmu is a small offering, where an ebbo is a …

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Vodun F.A.Q. Can Someone Sell Me An Orisha, Djinn, Ndoki, Faery, etc?

No. Just no. Nobody can sell you a spirit.  On the “food chain” of beings, humans are granted certain abilities by Nature, but the ability to buy or sell an alterdimensional being is not one of them. Some conjurers may use the term “selling” as a sort of a short-hand for “smoothing the way for you to have access to…” but they are not actually selling you a spirit.  If they are not totally scamming …

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Orisha Oko (Okko)

Orisha Oko is in charge of agriculture, and owns all cultivated land.  He is also a judge in many matters, including but not limited to witchcraft and the benevolence or malevolence thereof. In the diaspora, where most of our practice has been labelled malevolent “witchcraft” by the misinformed, we depend on him to learn to use our gifts sanely and appropriately. His sacred colors are red and white in some traditions, red and white with …

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Solutions: How to Avoid Negative Cultural Appropriation of African and Diaspora Belief Systems

Lately, there has been some buzz in the community about cultural appropriation of African belief systems.  We’ve talked a lot about the problem, and I think it’s time we addressed some realistic solutions.  The global spiritual community has always shared information, but the speed has increased dramatically since the internet.  Sometimes speed isn’t such a good thing when one is dealing with ideas that can take many years to grasp, even for someone who belongs …

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List of African/Yoruba Orishas (Archive and work in progress)

This is a sort of an expansion on someone else’s work.  The original post is here: http://www.abibitumikasa.com/forums/showthread.php/55468-Comprehensive-list-of-all-401-orishas-%28ako%CC%81jo%CC%A3po%CC%A3%CC%80-oru%CC%81ko%CC%A3-a%CC%80wo%CC%A3n-o%CC%80ri%CC%80s%CC%A3a%CC%80-mo%CC%A3%CC%81kanle%CC%81ni%CC%81rinwo%CC%81%29 …so you can see why I would want to archive the content.  There is also a character encoding problem. If anyone would like to add to this list, please feel free to post.  Mind you, this is a list specifically of Orishas from Yoruba and associated African traditions.  If you have an addition that has thusfar been exclusive …

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Logun Ede

This article is a work in progress.  As more information is confirmed and gathered, it will be added to this article.  If you would like to contribute any information or anecdotes, please write to sister@soulmindbody.net Basics Sacred number: 3 Sacred colors: blue and yellow, turquoise and yellow, red coral (not true red ever) turquoise and yellow Auspicious week day: Thursday Holiday: April 19 Symbols: bow and arrow and mirror Domain: wealth, male beauty, adolescence, in-between …

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Europeans Accusing Africans of “Cultural Appropriation” of African Faiths

There seems to be a sad but comical trend lately, of “initiated” Europeans accusing Africans of cultural appropriation for practicing spirituality that we grew up with, and is our ancestral birthright. Though I have in the past responded to this sort of thing with anger, when I took the time to realize how pathetic it is, and what kind of feedback they are going to get from Nature for it, I’m not mad anymore.  I …

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Olokun

Olokun is one of the most controversial Orishas in the current pantheon.  Some say he’s male, and some say she’s female, and others both.  It depends on the place and the local traditions.  Some say that he/she and Yemaya are one in the same, some that they are brother and sister, and some that they are husband and wife. So most of what I’m going to write here is going to be from my family …

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Time to Prepare for Summer

Summer is coming soon, so it’s time to prepare your natural remedies.  The stuff from last year may be expired or used up.  Here are some recipes to help you survive the heat. Rose Vinegar Rose vinegar is an excellent sunburn treatment.  To make it, just fill a jar or bottle halfway with dried roses, and then fill it with cider vinegar.  Let it steep for a week in the refrigerator or a cool dark …

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