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.


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

Ancestral Voices: Esoteric African Knowledge



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