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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