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“Twitty is deeply engrossed in both the African American and Jewish food traditions. “Blacks and Jews are the only peoples I know who use food to talk about their past while they eat it,” says Twitty, 38.”
“From Richmond it was a short jaunt to Colonial Williamsburg, where Twitty spent the week lecturing, conducting training sessions and cooking in period costume at three of the living history museum’s venues. In all his talks, Twitty emphasized the impact of chefs and cooks of African descent on shaping American and Southern cuisines in colonial times and after.”
“At a conference he met the scholar Robert Farris Thompson, author of “Flash of the Spirit,” a book about the influence of African religions on African American art that helped him see that “soul food” was, among other things, a spiritual term describing a mystical connection between humans and the animals and plants they eat.”
“He cooked and he gardened. He studied heirloom seed varieties, some that had been brought from Africa and some that had been carried from the New World to Africa and then, on slave ships, back to North America, among them okra, black-eyed peas, kidney and lima beans, Scotch bonnet peppers, peanuts, millet, sorghum, watermelon, yams and sesame. He called those seeds “the repositories of our history” and wrote about them in a monograph published by Landreth Seed in its 2009 catalogue.”
“Twitty’s embrace of all the various parts of himself — African, African American, European, black, white, gay, Jewish — sometimes raises hackles, as does his habit of speaking his mind. An article he wrote in the Guardian on July 4, 2015, suggesting that American barbecue “is as African as it is Native American and European, though enslaved Africans have largely been erased” from its story, elicited scorn and worse: Many commenters were outraged by his idea of barbecue as cultural appropriation.”
A spiritual road trip to the sources of African-American culture. Turntable wizardry, mind-blowing artwork and fascinating rituals - the old African gods have taken on new forms since their arrival on North America’s shores.
ARTIST COMMENTARY: Yemoja, one of the main orishas of the [Ifa] religion, and afro-brazilian mysticism. I wanted to show a different version of her, inspired by the shapes and powers of the sea. I did this image for the wonderful “Contos de Orun Àiyé”, a comic book project by Hugo Canuto.
LOL so true!
However, if many Black Christians looked at some of the methods they worship and “southern” ways used to cure the sick including herbs, plants and conjuring , as well as interpreting dreams , they’d see how Orisha worship has echoes in their “faith”
Making offerings of the wealth from man to the Divine is as old as humankind. In some African cultures, wealth is determined by the number of goats one has in his herd. In American culture, wealth is determined by the amount of money one has at his disposal.
Where the African offers a goat, the American offers a cash gift known as a tithe.
Blood offerings are blessings given for continuation of blessings bestowed. Cash offerings are blessings given for the continuation of blessings bestowed.
Etymologically, the origin of of the word ‘bless’ means 'to make bleed’.
Blood flows in currents.
Money is called “currency”.
Of the two, one is significantly more powerful than the other.
Heaven is the ancestral realm. in most Afrikan, and certainly Akan ancestral worship, a person is born for a reason, born with a pre-destined role. We call it Nkrabea, destiny or your function on earth.
If a person comes into this world and perform their function(s) diligently, the person goes into the ancestral realm, the good ancestral realm. being in the good ancestral realm is also being on the good side of those alive.
In ancient Egypt when a person dies. Your heart is weighed against a feather. To see your deeds on earth. You get to go to the ancestral realm with Osiris if your deeds were in accordance with your function in life.
This is what they take and say, if you do good here on earth, you will go to heaven to meet Jesus and God