CLASS DESCRIPTION

 

   "ANCESTRAL VENERATION CLASS FOR AFR0-AMERICAN                               AND AFRO-LATINX DIASPORANS"

                        ZOOM—SET OF 6 SESSIONS ON ALTERNATE WEEKENDS—

                      SUNDAYS   11:00 (Pcf), 12:00 (Mtn)  1:00 (Cen) and (2:00 Est)

                  Dates:  Sept 13,   Sept 27,    Oct. 11,   Oct. 25,   Nov. 1 and Nov 15

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                          PAY FOR "CLASS #2" VIA PAYPAL ABOVE     

                                       $200.00 TOTAL COST


                                    NEXT START DATE IS SEPTEMBER 13, 2020


                                              REGISTER BY SEPTEMBER 1, 2020


                                     NO REFUNDS AFTER SEPTEMBER 10, 2020

                                   

                                                     STEPS TO TAKE TO ENROLL 

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               FIRST: PLEASE LET US KNOW IF YOU  PURCHASE A CLASS OR THE   

                           AFRICAN SPIRITUALITY BOOK BY SENDING YOUR NAME,

                           MAILING ADDRESS, PHONE NUMBER, EMAIL ADDRESS TO:

                    

                                                     michaeloshoosi@gmail.com                                                                                                                                      *

              SECOND:   PLEASE READ THE  CLASS DESCRIPTION AND PHILOS-

                                   OPHY BELOW.

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               THIRD:      CLASS ENROLLMENT TERMS 

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               FOURTH:  WHEN WE RECEIVE YOUR EMAIL NOTICE OF YOUR CLASS                                               ENROLLMENT AND THE PAYPAL NOTICE AS WELL, WE WILL

                                   SEND YOU AN EMAIL REGISTRATION  FORM AND OTHER                                                 MATERIALS           

                             

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WHAT YOU WILL LEARN:

 

--How to compose and recite your "Ijuba" (your personal  invocational mantra).

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--How to construct your personalized Ancestral Altar consistent with the Afro-Cuban Lucumi “table” model or the continental African  “floor” model (i.e., the "boveda" or the "oju’run", respectively). 

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--How to do authentic ancestral Divination with coconut shells--the "biague" or "chamalanga" ways of so doing and their relationship to full Ifa divination. This is one of the most important things you can learn. Praying to your ancestors is one thing, but having them speak back to you is yet another!  

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--How to construct an Ancestral Staff (your "Opa Iku" or "Egun stick" and how to have it consecrated. (The final step in consecration will  have to occur in your loc- al area. Though this final step cannot be done   in this class, your stick will be use- ful for your spiritual practices even without consecration).

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 --How to have a Celebratory Event for your ancestors (i.e. a misa/mass, feast,    or egun /  iku joko "seance" for your honored ancestors) as well    as some songs and chants for venerating them. 


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WHAT YOU WILL NOT RECEIVE IN THIS CLASS:

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--Personal religious services. This class is designed to teach you how to take a very big step in serving yourself spiritually. Beyond that, for services for yourself (rituals, readings, etc.) you will have to locate working priests/esses yourself. Guidance will be offered on how to do that. 

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--Personal invitations to religious events. These you will also have to locate for yourselves in your domicile. It is not possible for the instructor in a nation-wide on-line class to arrange to invite you to others' events. However, guidance on how you can set-up affinity groups on your own will be given.

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--Professional psychological services of any kind.

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PHILOSOPHY:

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This class can prove to be personally important to you. We use the Afro-Cuban "Lucumi" model because it is comprehensive and was developed for African dias- porans. Most importantly, it is an authentic model. That is, it is not some 'made-up' ritual (which, based on sincerity alone, do have some validity); but is inconsis- tent with the way ancestral veneration is done in west-central Africa, in the Car- ibbean, among Yoruba prac- titioners in Brasil, and in the USA. 

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The key importance of authenticity, in addition to training you to venerate your ancestors in ways that the Children of Africa worldwide can recognize, is that--unlike the made-up rituals of general "Pan-African Spiritualism" (which again may have some personal value)--is that authentic African Traditional Religion, takes you into depth in one coherent religious world-view and model at a time. The Yoruba model, though exceedingly comprehensive, is but one exemplar: Vodu, Akan-suma, Palo Monte and Palo Moyombe, and other west-central African depth religions are all equally powerful. With Pan-African Spiritualism, one resorts to all kinds of eclectic ideas that do not have world-view coherence nor consistency, nor are they consistent with your ethnic and cultural heritages.

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Your authentic ancestral heritage is far and away west and central African! Why do you settle for posing as a guest in someone else's ancestral house (or even 'palace"); always looking over your spiritual shoulder to see if you have over-stayed your welcome? In respect of ancestral heritage, yours' is not of the Medit- erranean-rim world or world-view, to wit: KMT, Grecian-Hermeneutic, nor any of the Revealed Religions like Hebrewism, Christianity or Al-Islam . Why not be proud of who you are ancestrally-speaking; that which has the added benefit of being the truth?

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The great thing about authentic ancestral veneration for you is that it is also cel-

ebratory and practical for solving your daily problems in life; and is not just mem- orial in nature and pain-centered as one often finds in the 'Maafa-focused'' cir- cles; as there is much more to our heritage than lamentations about slavery! (Our ancestors also want to hear how pleased we are as inheritors of the gifts of life itself that they bequeathed to you in their solemn, even desperate hope, that your life would be, at least, a little more bearable for you than it was for them. (And it has been). This class seeks to address your ancestral spirituality as a child of both the USA and of west and central Africa.

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While it does not, in itself, initiate you into Yoruba religion nor any other variant of a west and central African depth religion, it is reveals a true microcosm of what is thought about and done in them. From here, if such a bi-cultural existence is right for you, you will have a good headstart into the rest of your Destiny.  

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                                              CLASS TERMS

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1. Refunds are only available, pro rata, for missed classes that are caused by the absense of the instructor. However, full refunds are available if requested in writing before September 10, 2020.

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2. The instructor retains the right to exclude anyone from paricipation and will return, pro rata, the individual's money for classes that have been denied to him

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3. The student agrees to not allow anyone who does not regularly live with pay- ing student to audit the class. Further, if recordings of the class are put online by the instructor, the student agrees not to download them nor to give  another person the access code to the recordings. The recordings will be up on the WWW for a maximum of three days, if at all.

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4.  The student recognizes that, at this time, the instructor does not have anim- ation capabilities for the classes, so the format will be mostly in the nature of verbal and Power Point modes of instruction.  

     

5.  No "cloaking" please. Your live camera / video feed on Zoom must be used for each session.      

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                                    ABOUT THE INSTRUCTOR

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Alashe  Michael Oshoosi is an "Olorisha" in the Afro-Cuban variant of Yoruba's Orisha/Ifa religion. I first entered the religion as an "aleyo" ("alejo" in Yoruba language) in 1983. Six years later my head was crowned to the Orisha Oshoosi and Oya; thus, at this time, I have been made for 31 years. He is the proud godson of  the "baba'rishas" Anya bi Osun (Roberto Clemente, iba-eee) and oba Omi T'Olokun (Cyril Butler) in La Rama de Las Pimientas rooted in Matanzas, Cuba.  (His appellation "Alashe" simply means 'one who has spiritual ashe or authority').

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I was "crowned" as a priest to have access to all of the mysteries and rites asso- ciated with deep initiation, but after my first 15 years as a ritualist in the relig- ion,  starting around 1998, I tended to focus on Yoruba religion's theology as, specifically, a liberation theologist. My Godfather, specifically, "made" me in order to have a "consejero" (or "consigliere") always at hand--not for the advis- ement on internal "house" matters," but for advisement on and public represen- tation of the religion as we practice it.

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Toward that end, in 1993, I led all of the Bay Area, California, Orisha houses in the successful legal fight to prevent local governments from banning animal sac- rifice rites. This was the first legal victory on that subject in the United States. Six months later, in the celebrated case of The Church of Lucumi Babaluaiye vs. The City of Hialeah (for which he penned a letter-brief amicus curie to the pres- iding judge of the U.S. Supreme Court, Justice Rhenquist for distribution to the justice to whom the case had been assigned), that victory was put on was placed on a firm constitutional basis. A few years later, he was active in bringing into fruition the 5th World Congress of Orisha Religion in San Francisco. At that con- ference he debuted his book "African Spirituality vs. The African American,"  1996. (Please see below).

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I do not claim to be the most knowledgeable, most well-traveled, nor most rit- ually adept priest in the ATR's (far from it). Indeed,  the only thing I ever wanted to be famous for was for being not famous.  While I have been to the African con- tinent and to Cuba, I have not yet traveled to Yoruba-land. Such travel is quite redeeming to most of those who have made sojourns there, but is not in the least obligatory to do in order to order to practice a west and central African ATR.

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My education (as Michael F. Wright, includes a Ph.D. in Clinical and Forensic Psychology, The Wright In- stitute, Berkeley, Ca. 1976, and a J.D. in law, Boalt Hall School of Law, U.C. Berkeley. 1981).  As a young man he worked in the Civil Rights Movement (SNCC 1965-1969), and in I founded and led the Ethnic Arts Studies at the then California College of Arts & Crafts for eleven years while I pursued my advanced degrees. This was the only such program in the United States and I became an Associate Professor in it at the age of 23 (even before I had even completed my first college degree).