Umbilini is a primal force used by Zulu shaman to connect their minds with deities in the spirit realm.

Working the Snake Power: A Zulu View

My grandfather also taught me how to control my powers of seeing and how to sharpen them and make them more accurate and efficient. He taught me the art of breathing properly. He taught me the secret art of joining my mind to that of the great gods in the unseen world. He taught me how to sit still - very, very still - and eliminate all thoughts from my mind and call upon the hidden powers of my soul.
In short, my grandfather taught me the Zulu version of what is called in English, “meditation”. How to breathe softly and gently like a whisper until you feel something like a hot coiled snake bursting through the top of your head - a fearsome thing that is known as the umbilini. This umbilini, my grandfather told me, is the source, the primal source of the sangoma’s powers. A sangoma must be able to summon this umbilini at will through the beating of the drum and through meditation, very, very deep meditation.

Vusamazulu Credo Mutwa - Zulu Shaman: Dreams, Prophecies, and Mysteries p.13

Vusamazulu Credo Mutwa will feature in upcoming documentary Ancestral Voices 2 which will document shared African philosophies and ritual practices across the continent. See how you can support this much-needed educational resource.
Ancestral Voices 1
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::: Return To The Source :::
Isese 2008 - Introduction by Chief Atanda - Osogbo, Nigeria


Witchcraft Among the Azande

Ancestral Essence

I close my eyes to travel across the dark veil of my mind. I travel beyond the perception of my outer consciousness, I travel out of my body into a world where am I one with everything; however I am aware of my individual consciousness.

 I can communicate with the elements, the clouds in the sky and the wind that carries them. We now know each other`s names as we are related at this level of our intelligence.

The elements will tell me their secrets and how this illusion is sustained and created.

 I am greeted by my ancestors who are my guardians and my guides as I travel through time and my inner space. We travel to my previous visitation to this dimension, to learn from my mistakes and to pay debts to others as a result of my previous arrogance and ignorance.

I know I am now awake and merely dreaming in the illusion. Once I have completed the assignment, I have to remember my steps back to the illusion. I awake in my current dream.

This may sound like a fantasy to some; however it is an African reality to many.

 I would rather hear that what comes from someone`s inner self than that which comes from their outer studied knowledge.

Trust yourself as no one else will truly trust you. Your words are worth gold when you start digging them out of yourself. Keep the faith in yourself, for that is your true religion.


Ancestral Voices Vignette: Rituals for Living Trailer

Rituals for Living will be available for digital download from 1st Oct 2015! We are going to release part of a segment from the film this October. We hope that the proceeds that can be raised from its viewing will provide us with the remaining funds necessary to complete the full film. The film vignette will specifically cover the subject of ritual in the context of African Spirituality; what it means, why its necessary and the various purposes for which it can be used. Speakers in the film include Credo Mutwa (Zulu High Sanusi Sangoma), Prof. Bayyinah Bello (Haitian historian), Dowoti Desir (Vodou Manbo), Max Beauvior (Vodou Houngan) and Sobonfu Somé (Dagara Initiate).

The rituals discussed are from a range of traditions both continental and Diasporic; from the Zulu, Dagara and Vodou. All are suitable for non-initiates as well as initiates in particular systems and can be used daily or whenever suitable for those seeking to enrich and develop their lives and selves using an African-centred spiritual practice.

anonymous asked:

Santeria isn't your culture or history either, so how about you step the fuck off and stop acting like it is?

Um so this may blow minds to you but Cuba isn’t the only place in Latin America where Yoruba/African Traditional Religion based spirituality was developed through centuries of syncretism and slavery. And additionally, and I know this is gonna really mind fuck you, black people can migrate and move around and establish and combine lineages of traditions wow! What a world we live in.

Spirit possession takes place through the diviner’s incantations and percussion instruments played by the wife/husband of the diviner. Once possessed by the spirit, the diviner decorates his or her own body with chalk designs and adorn him/herself with necklaces and beautifully colored headbands of beads and fur, the patterns of the beads signifying the presence and power of the spirit.
When possessed, the diviner “talks, acts, and thinks” as — and, indeed, assumes the identity of— his/her “consulting spirit”. When a male diviner conducts a divination ritual, his wife will sit at his right and a sculpture of a seated or kneeling female figure holding a bowl will be placed on his left. The carving represents the wife of the diviner’s possessing spirit, for among the Luba, women are regarded as vessels of spiritual power.

A consultation proceeds with concerns addressed to the diviner by the suppliants. The diviner in turn speaks to his/her spiritual consultant while shaking an mboko —a covered gourd filled with various items: animal bones, dried beetles, birds’ beaks and claws, shells, seeds, seed pods, twigs, caddis-fly cases, beads, tiny iron replicas of tools, and small, carved wood figurines in various postures covered with chalk.

When the diviner opens the lid, he/she interprets the configuration of objects that have ended up on top, the diviner uses this to give a hypothesis of the problem, then repeats the processes until a clear understanding of the problem has been formulated.
Luba People, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Central Africa

Original source – Divination in Sub-Saharan Africa - by John Pemberton III
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So from what I’ve read and heard the Hollywood conception of voodoo dolls used to inflict direct dammage on a person through sympathetic magic comes from white people who accused african slaves of damaging their gris-gris amulets in order to hurt them

Photo - Ghanaian Blogger Caught In Occult Saga

Photo – Ghanaian Blogger Caught In Occult Saga

Young Ghanaian blogger and showbiz columnist, Xtreme GH who blogs for is alleged to have acquired a shrine at Zoggu, a small town in the Northern Region.

As the African traditional religion may seem to be fading off gradually in recent times due to urbanization and modern trends, a lot of Africans still hold firmly to the religion.

Though the intention of Xtreme regarding this move is…

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anonymous asked:

almost all of slaves on the western coast of colombia were from the congo or senegambia, the yoruba's were never dominant in ANY region of colombia. for that matter, the black communities in colombia were not able to perserve any african religions at all outside of some syncretize rituals incorporated into catholicism, so why the hell would they even be able to perseve a religion which belonged to slaves which had few numbers in the country??? colombia ain't fucking cuba ne ways


There are sects of Santeria in Colombia that are mad old.


There are sects of Cuban Santeria that immigrated to Colombia as well, to the Andean coast in general, so Colombia and Venezuela both have Santeria in that part of our countries.


Syncretism exists on a spectrum, with Spanish Catholicism on one end and African Traditional Religions on the other end. Cuban Santeria is ONE point on the spectrum, Colombian espiritismo/santeria is ANOTHER point in the spectrum, etc. The fact my traditions are more to the Catholic end of the spectrum than Cuban traditions does not make them any less valid or less Afrosyncretic? Like what kind of “purity” discourse pendejada lmao

Sit the fuck down before talking to me about my country pendejx.


The United States of Hoodoo

The United States of Hoodoo explores the influence of African spirituality, traditional religions, customs and Culture brought to the Americas by with the people taken during the Trans-Atlantic Slave trade, in American popular culture.
It is written by Darius James and Oliver Hardt and directed by Hardt.

Documentary overview The United States of Hoodoo is a road trip to the sources of black popular culture in America. The film’s main character is African-American writer Darius James who is known for his often bitingly satirical and self-ironic texts on music, film and literature. The film’s story begins when Darius´ world is turned inside out after his father´s death.

Uprooted from his life in Berlin, he unwillingly returns to his childhood home. All that remains from his father is his mask collection and a cardboard box filled with ashes. His father had been a painter and sculptor, his work drawing deeply on manifestations of African-based spirituality.Yet while he lived he fiercely rejected any idea of being inspired by the old gods of Africa.

Back in a house that is now his, but not quite, Darius finds himself confronted with many questions about his own life. In need of answers he sets off on a search, not for his roots but for traces of the spiritual energy that fueled and informed a whole culture.

It is available for digital purchase and download from Amazon.