Ancestral Voices: Esoteric African knowledge

An educational media platform showcasing the documentary 'Ancestral Voices' which spans two continents, opening up a much-needed debate about traditional African spiritual systems; their cosmologies, ideologies and underlying ethical principles.

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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.

When a woman is pregnant, a hearing ritual is performed. In this ritual, elders will ask the unborn child, “Who are you? Why are you coming here? Why do you bother, this world is too messed up. What can we do to ease your journey?” The baby takes over the mother’s voice and speaks back, “This is who I am. I am coming to help uphold the knowledge of the of the ancestors,” or, “I am coming to do this and this”. And based on that information, the elders will prepare an appropriate ritual space in which to receive the chills and make sure that everything is ready here before the child is born. After the birth, the elders make sure they surround the child with things that will help her remember and accomplish the purpose she has described. And when she reaches adolescence and goes through initiation, she has to go back to the time before she was born to remember what she said. [Dagara, Burkina Faso West Africa] For more information like this support Ancestral Voices 2 lets make this film a reality

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Funlayo E. Wood of African & Diasporic Religious Studies Association is doing a fantastic job of keeping African spiritual traditions alive in her educational work at Harvard University. We can’t wait to be at her conference in April this year to join in the discourse and share much-needed information! Ase-ooo!

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Afro-Brazilian Umbanda devotees pouring libation as way of reaching their ancestors

Umbanda is a syncretic religion that incorporated Catholicism, Native South American beliefs and Kardecism — French spiritualism — into the African possession cults that survived Jesuit extermination. The origins of Umbanda go back to the Yoruban religion, brought to Brazil by the African slaves in the 16th century.  This African religion, based on the channeling of deities who represent forces of nature while sharing, like the Greek gods,  human passions,  is the foundation for a variety of possession cults of which Umbanda is a later manifestation.

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Certain archetypes existed in Africa in ancestral African religions long before the advent of European Christianity.

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Pagan Origins of the Christ Myth  (John G. Jackson)

The Jesus Mysteries: Was The Original Jesus A Pagan God? (Timothy Freke & Peter Gandy )

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