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        AFRICAN SPIRITUALITY vs. THE AFRICAN AMERICAN

                                               

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The author compares, in 1996, Eurocentric and Afrocentric world views, the "schools" or building blocks of Eurocentrism, and Black male/ female relations in the 1990's--with lessons for today--as they were affected and distorted by socializ- ation (and its dilemmas) in a Eurocentric and white supremacist culture. Alashe Michael Oshoosi is a Yoruba priest in the Afro-Cuban "Lucumi" variant of Yoruba religion. He entered the religion in 1983.

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       NEXT, READ THE CLASS DESCRIPTIONS BELOW, AND THEN GO TO THE PAGE                                       "CLASS PARTICULARS" THAT FOLLOWS THIS ONE.

                    

                                                                                                 

                                                                                                       PART ONE

                          THE LIST OF CLASSES 

#1

     PAN-AFRICAN SPIRITUALISM--“PAS”--(AS COMPARED WITH WEST &          CENTRAL AFRICAN TRADITIONAL RELIGION--“ATR"-- PRACTICES).

                                                                        *

      ZOOM—SET OF 2 CLASSES ON TWO WEEKENDS—3 HOURS EA   $100

    20 STUDENTS MAX      STARTS  11:00 PST/12:00 MT/1:00 CST/2:00 EST

                                  NEXT START DATE SAT. SEPT. 12, 2020 

                       REGISTRATION OPENS AUG. 1, 2020. REGISTRATION CLOSES AUG. 30, 2020

 

                                   This class is for both “PAS” folk and for the “ATR” deeply initiated as well.

 

                                The PAS stratum of the African-American diasporans is comprised of all

                                of us who are African-centered and connect our predominantly African

                                heritage to our spiritual strivings. In this level of involvement--Pan Afri-

                                can Spirituality-- people have many other-than sub-Saharan African inter-

                                ests: KMT theosophy, astrology, Hermetic and gnostic beliefs, Kwanzaa

                                practices and sundry interests in African philosophies, sciences, math-

                                ematics, culture-ways, dance, artistry, music and other Mediterranean-

                                rim cultural influences and ideas as well.  But the unifying theme that

                                unites us all is our reverence for our African ancestral heritage: ethnic,

                                cultural, philosophical and spiritual. 

 

                                By contrast, there are many folk who, fortunately, are initiated in one or   

                                more of the west-central African traditional religions of the Congo, of

                                Ghana, of Nigeria, Benin, of Afro-Cuba, Trinidad-Tobago, Puerto Rico,

                                Dominican Republic, Ayiti (Haiti), Brasil and the United States, even if

                                they have not learned much theologically nor ritually since  their initiat-

                                ions. If you care about engaging and channeling and fostering a bi-cul-

                                tural existence in the Afro-Atlantic world, this is a good class with which

                                to start.

#2     

         ANCESTRAL VENERATION CLASS (FOR AFRICAN DIASPORANS)

                                                                      *

  ZOOM-SET OF 6 CLASSES / 2X SEPT./ 4X OCT./ WEEKENDS-3 HRS/ $200

    15 STUDENTS MAX      STARTS  11:00 PST/12:00 MT/1:00 CST/2:00 EST 

                                   NEXT START DATE SUN. SEPT 13, 2020  

                                REGISTRATION OPENS AUG. 1, 2020. REGISTRATION CLOSES AUG. 30, 2020

 

                         --How to compose and recite your Ijuba (your personal  invocational man-

                            tra).

                               --How to construct your personalized Ancestral Altar consistent with the San-

                           teria/Lucumi “table” model or the African “floor” model (the boveda or the

                           oju’run, respectively). 

                         --How to do authentic ancestral Divination with coconut shells (biague or

                           chamalanga ways  and their relations to full Ifa divination.     

                                --How to construct an Ancestral Staff and how to have it consecrated.

                        --How to have a Celebratory Event for your ancestors (a misa/mass, feast,

                           egun/iku joko "seance" for your honored ancestors) and chants/songs for

                           them).                          

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#3

   ANCESTRAL VENERATION CLASS (FOR NON-AFRICAN DIASPORANS)

                                                                        * 

 ZOOM—SET OF 2 CLASSES EVERY OTHER WEEKEND—2 HOURS EA $60 

                                        NEXT START DATE  (Not Set Yet) 


                        --This class is non-African diasporan folk, i.e., for those who do not have

                           predominantly African or Afro-Latin, or African American ethnic and

                           cultural heritage).

                        --How to compose and recite your heritage mantra.

                        --How to construct your ancestral altar or space. 

                        --Learn when to use divination techniques from your cultural heritage

                          and traditional Earth religions from guest lecturers.

#4

                                                 ORISHA/IFA THEOLOGY

                                                                         *   

   ZOOM-SET OF 4 CLASSES EVERY OTHER WEEKEND-3 HOURS EA $200

       25 STUDENTS MAX STARTS 11:00 PST/12:00 MT/1:00 CST/2:00 EST

                                  NEXT START DATE SAT. NOV. 14, 2020

            REGISTRATION OPENS OCTOBER 1, 2020. REGISTRATION CLOSES OCTOBER 30, 2020

                           --This class is for ATR initiates mostly, but PAS  folk may also join. 

 

                         --Who or what are “Orun,””Olorun,” “Ela,” “Odu” (and “Olodus,” “Omodus),”

                            “Eshu,”“Olodumare,”“Olofi,” “Oduduwa/Odua”, “Olokun,” “Oluwa,””Oris-

                            has,” “Orunmila/Orula,” the “Iyamis,””Egbe,” the “Apetibi,” the “Igba,” the

                            “Igbodu.” “LaeLae,” “”Oyigiyigi,” “Egun” (“Egungun,””Elegun”), "Ifa," “Ori” 

                            (multiple manifestations), “Egbe Gelede” ("Oro,” “Moremi,” and “Egungun”),

                            “Emi,” "Olojo Oni," Otun/Otunowa, "Okun," "Egbe,""Ita," "Joto," "Iyan'ifa."

                            Iya'laje, and the "Imori," and "Essentaiye" ceremonies, other theological

                            and metaphysical concepts.  

                                                                                                                                 *

                                    Where appropriate, comparisons to similar concepts in western biology,

                            quantum physics (particles, fields and forces) and electric universe cosm-

                            ology will be pointd out. These tangents will only be used for illustrative

                            purposes. They are  not concepts within Orisha/Ifa religion, per se. and are

                            not offered to prove that Yoruba Orisha/Ifa religion is scientific. Orisha/Ifa

                            religion needs no external validation. The instructor, further, does not hold

                            himself out to be a physical scientist; the material is only for popular con-

                            sumption.

                                                                                                                                  *

#5

                              “WHAT AIN’T IN ORISHA / IFA RELIGION” 

                                                                        *

  ZOOM-SET OF 6 CLASSES EVERY OTHER WEEKEND-2 HOURS EA $150

     20 STUDENTS MAX / STARTS 11:00 PST/12:00 MT/1:00 CST/2:00 EST

                                  NEXT START DATE SUN. NOV. 15, 2020 

                      REGISTRATION OPENS AUG. 1, 2020. REGISTRATION CLOSES AUG. 30, 2020

 

 

                   --This class is for ATR initiates, but PAS folk may also join. 

                                                                                                                                 *

                           --MATHEMATICS                    --KUNDALINI   CHAKRAS                   --ASTROLOGY 

                      --SOCIAL INDIVIDUALISM  --DOCTRINAIRE ATTITUDES  --SECTARIAN ATTITUDES 

                      --MELANINISM-RACISM       --HERMETICISM / GNOSTICISM       --GENDER-PHOBIA      

                                                                                     “PIG-A-PHOBIA"* 

   

                          *(This term, as used here, does not a apply to, nor comment on the pork

                           aversions appertaining to religious beliefs.  In fact, in Yoruba's Orisha/ Ifa

                           religion it is sacrilegious to us to ever ‘encourage another to "eat his tab-

                           oos" (i.e., to encourage any person to do anything that is religiously tab-

                           oo--including dietary restrictions). We cannot do that and would not; nor

                           encourage vegetarians to depart from their diets. But we do address the

                           phobias or revulsions experienced by multitudes of non-religious African-

                           Americans who express such aversions (a pork phobia ) when, even in cas-

                           ual conversation,  the very idea of pig or pork comes up. We did not inher-

                           it such phobias from west and central African culture. By contrast, and in

                           many west and central African cultures—and us in ATR religions across

                           the diaspora—respect for the pig as an animal obtains. And as such, we will

                           sometimes make ceremonial use of its head as a temporary "altar" display

                           of some sort. Many of our ancestors ate pork routinely (and so do Africans,

                           I am told, when they can get it). Its spiritual scaredness is in the ancestral

                           realm of spirituality, and its habit of “rooting” in the Earth signifies this.

                           Also, there is no other animal on the farm that is smarter than the pig.

                           We will show, the KMT Pyramid Text stories notwithstanding, that the pig

                           was, at times, revered as a sacred animal in KMT as well. (If one has sen-

                          sibilities that might be offended by discussing this topic, please avoid

                          the section of the overall class when this is discussed).  

                           

#6

                    ORISHA / IFA AND SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY AND ACTION

                                                                       * 

ZOOM—SET OF 4 CLASSES EVERY OTHER WEEKEND—2 HOURS EA $60   

                                       NEXT START DATE  (Not Set Yet

 

                            This class is appropriate for both PAS and ATR students.  

           

                             --We will consider what our ancestral heritage requires of us in these

                             times in respect of our social, historical and political presence in the USA. 

                             --Traditions and ideas concerning our history of public (and private) prot-

                             est and resistance to the history of oppressions, as well as the history of

                             our innovations, contributions to humanity, and creativity.