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 …

Continue reading

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 …

Continue reading

Obatala

Sacred number: 8 or 8+1 Sacred color: white, transparent/aurora transparent, white and a little red, or green and maroon depending on tradition Domain: Emissary of Olodumare/Almighty Unfathomable, Father of physical life, Shaper of human form in the womb, Patron of the physically different or disabled, intellect, fatherhood, warrior philosophy, kingship, ethics, logic, inner peace, balance, transformation Tools: the will, the hand, cowrie shells, white horse hair whip, clear and white translucent quartz Obatala is the …

Continue reading

New Facebook Community for Afrocentric Vodun, Hoodoo, and Other Diaspora Systems

There is a new community for practitioners of Vodun and diaspora belief systems on Facebook.  Afrocentric Vodun is for those who understand that the home of our faith is in Africa, and are actually concerned about African people at home or abroad.  We share articles and photos and discuss topics of concern as well as share personal news, insights, and opinions on Vodun and what we can do for the African community. Feel free to …

Continue reading

Send Love to the Sikh Community African Style

On August 5, 2012 a man entered a Sikh temple in Wisconsin, and murdered six people.  As people in Africa and the diaspora, we are quite used to religious oppression, and generally take precautions to prevent terroristic attacks of our temples and even many churches.  One of the duties of ushers for some and designated warriors for others, is to be at least a physical buffer between attackers and congregants. Others don’t seem to be …

Continue reading