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Voices of the Gods (in full)

This documentary captures the rich legacy of ancient African religions practiced today in the United States. It provides viewers with rare insight into the practices and beliefs of the Akan and Yoruba religions and illustrates how mass media has been used to ridicule and denigrate these belief systems. Voices of the Gods provides intimate and respectful studies of an Egungun ancestral communion ceremony and daily life in the Yoruba village of Oyotunji in Sheldon, South Carolina, the only traditional African village of its kind in the U.S. today. directed by Al Santana. via

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"Baba [Oseijeman Adefunmi] vividly recalled a meeting with some of Malcolm [X]’s friends in early 1965. these friends, who were a mixture of Muslim and Nationalists, and some who were atheist and into anything that was Black, visited Baba at the Yoruba Temple on February 19, 1965, before Malcolm was assassinated. they asked that a reading be made on him. Malcolm did not come to the temple himself, and it is not known whether he knew his friends had requested the reading. the reading was made, and it came out very bad. it said that Oya, the goddess of death, was hovering around him. they were advised to have Malcolm sacrifice two black hens to Oya. whether he made the sacrifice or not is unknown, but we do know that Malcolm was assassinated February 21, 1965.”

-excerpt from Oyotunji Village: The Yoruba Movement in America by Carl M. Hunt speaking about an incident that predicted the assassination of Malcolm X that i found interesting. 

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Grass Between My Lips

A film about a young girl on the verge of getting married who has to undergo genital cutting. not wanting to go through with it, she runs away during the ceremony. one of Leila Djansi’s first films, one can see the progression of her work. also an interesting fact - although the film is supposed to be set in rural Ghana, it was actually filmed in the Oyotunji African Village of Sheldon, South Carolina. 

Yoruba Traditions & African American Religious Nationalism

Exploring the Yoruba tradition in the United States, Hucks begins with the story of Nana Oseijeman Adefunmi’s personal search for identity and meaning as a young man in Detroit in the 1930s and 1940s. She traces his development as an artist, religious leader, and founder of several African-influenced religio-cultural projects in Harlem and later in the South. Adefunmi was part of a generation of young migrants attracted to the bohemian lifestyle of New York City and the black nationalist fervor of Harlem. Cofounding Shango Temple in 1959, Yoruba Temple in 1960, and Oyotunji African Village in 1970, Adefunmi and other African Americans in that period renamed themselves “Yorubas” and engaged in the task of transforming Cuban Santer’a into a new religious expression that satisfied their racial and nationalist leanings and eventually helped to place African Americans on a global religious schema alongside other Yoruba practitioners in Africa and the diaspora.

Alongside the story of Adefunmi, Hucks weaves historical and sociological analyses of the relationship between black cultural nationalism and reinterpretations of the meaning of Africa from within the African American community. via 

such a good read that brings to light all the little religous movements that aren’t spoken of enough and aren’t given enough credit. Oba Efuntola Osejiman Adefunmi I certainly doesn’t get enough credit for all the he did, theorized, formulated, organized, and brought forth. and this book does a great service to his legacy as the trailblazer in the US of the “Orisa-Vudu” and other West African traditions. 

it also goes into detail about the ways in which these African-derived beliefs are molded within different communities, nations, and geographic spaces. although the orisa-vudu came to the US via Cuba, African-Americans infused it with Black nationalism - something lacking from both the Cuban and traditional African traditions. altogether, great great book. highly recommended. 

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My first trip to Oyotunji

I visited Oyotunji African Village in South Carolina.
Very Strong energies, given the time we are in and the people who came :)
We are all coming from our respective places to embrace our culture. We dined and danced, learned and taught and learned all weekend.
Yoruba culture… Traditional Yoruba culture lives here.

So now we are one, working towards the same goal and doing our parts well.

Here are images from On my first trip to Oyojunji (www.oyotunji.com).
In response to Kabiesi’s call I made me way to The Pan-African Grassroots Assembly.
I was not alone.

For me things are simply coming together in real time. The work leading up and the work coming.
Ase

I am in real time…it’s everything else thats hyperspeed.
So this is good! We have much more work to do :D

Im in the community living my work, see you!


in Solidarity, knowing positivity is power.

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These Weird and Folksy Facts About Voodoo Sound Crazy, But Are True.

Voodoo is an interesting religion, but no less weird than any of the more popular religions. It is often cartoonishly depicted in movies as tricky dark magic used by devilish witches and warlocks of the bog. To help you better understand Voodoo, we present these weird, yet interesting facts about it that will make you less afraid to traverse the deep swamps of the South. The Kingdom of Oyotunji is a traditional West African voodoo village near Sheldon, South Carolina. It is technically not a part of the United States. assets The point of animal sacrifice in voodoo is to combine the…
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