"ANCESTRAL VENERATION CLASS

   FOR AFR0-AMERICAN AND AFRO-LATINX DIASPORANS"

    ZOOM—SET OF 6 SESSIONS ON ALTERNATE WEEKENDS
 
SUNDAYS   10:30 (Pcf), 11:30 (Mtn)  12:30 (Cen) and (1:30 Est)


Dates:             May 16, 2021   May 30, 2021   June 13, 2021 

                          June 27, 2021   July 11, 2021   July 25, 2021

 

                2.5-3 HOURS EACH       $200.00 TOTAL COST

                         NEXT START DATE IS MAY 16, 2021  
                                     REGISTER BY MAY 1, 2021
                           NO REFUNDS AFTER MAY 9, 2021
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                                 STEPS TO TAKE TO ENROLL 
                                                                    
   FIRST: PLEASE LET US KNOW IF YOU  PURCHASE A CLASS OR THE  AFRICAN SPIRITUALITY BOOK BY SENDING YOUR  NAME, MAILING ADDRESS, PHONE NUMBER & EMAIL AD- DRESS TO:
                    
                                michaeloshoosi@gmail.com 
 
    SECOND: PLEASE READ THE CLASS DESCRIPTION AND PHILOSOPHY BELOW.

 
    THIRD: PLEASE READ THE CLASS ENROLLMENT TERMS AS WELL.  AFTER THIS STEP, USE THE PAYPAL BUTTON ABOVE

TO SIGN UP FOR THE $200.00  CLASS (USE DOWN-ARROW).

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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.  REMEMBER, TO SEND YOUR EMAIL ADDRESS TO ME. 
 
                                   WHAT YOU WILL LEARN:

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


--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).   


--How to do authentic ancestral Divination with coconut shells

    (“obinu”)  using the "biague" or "chamolanga" ways of so doing

    and their relationship to full Ifa  divination. This is one of the

    most important things you can learn.    
                                                                            
--How to construct an Ancestral Staff (your "Opa Iku" or "Egun

   staff") and how to have it consecrated. (The final step in con-

   secration will have to occur in your local area. Though this final

   step cannot be done in this class, your stick will be useful for

   your spiritual practices even without consecration).
                                                                                      
--How to have a Celebratory Event for your ancestors (i.e. a misa /
    mass, feast, or egun /  iku joko "seance" for your honored an-

    cestors) as well as some songs and chants for venerating them. 
  
                                      PHILOSOPHY -- THEOSOPHY
 
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 diasporans. Most importantly, it is an authen-

tic model. That is, it is not some 'made-up' ritual which, based on sin-

cerity alone, might have some validity, but is inconsistent with the 

way  ancestral  veneration is done in  west-central Africa,in the Car-

ibbean, and among Yoruba practitioners in Brasil, and in the USA.

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 Mediterranean-rim world

heritage nor worldview: 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, and rely on

them for dialogue in English (Yoruba or Spanish are optional)?  


Everything begins with reverence for YOUR personal, ethnic and cul-

tural ancestors who lived, flourished, suffered, died and were fortun-

ate enough to be buried in the soils of west and central Africa, the

Caribbean or in the United States. This orientation has the added

benefit of being the truth! 

 
                                             ABOUT THE INSTRUCTOR 


I, Alashe  Michael Oshoosi, am 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 crow-

ned to the orisha Oshoosi and Oya. Thus, at this time (2021), I have been

"made" for  32  years.  I  am the  proud  godson of  "baba’lorishas" Anya 

bi  Osun (Roberto Clemente, iba-eee) and oba Omi T'Olokun (Cyril But-

ler) in La Rama de Las Pimientas rooted in Matanzas, Cuba. (The appel-

lation "alashesimply means 'one who has and speaks with spiritual 

ashe, authority or power’).


I was "crowned" as a priest to have access to all of the mysteries and 

rites associated with deep initiation, but after my first 15 years as a rit- 

ualist in the religion, starting around 1998, I tended to focus on Yoruba 

religion's theology as, specifically, a liberation theologist. My Godfat-

her, specifically, "made" me in order to have a "consejero" (or "consig-

liere" or "oludamaron"--"counselor"--in Yoruba) always at hand--not for advisements on internal "house" matters" but for advisement on the

public representation of the religion as we practice it.

 
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 sacrifice 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 I

penned a  letter-brief amicus curie  to  the  presiding judge of  the U.S. 

Supreme Court, Justice Rhenquist, for distribution to the justice to

whom the case had been assigned). That victory put Yoruba / Santeria

on a firm constitutionally-protected basis. A few years later, I was ac-

tive in bringing into fruition the 5th World Congress of Orisha Religion

in San Francisco. At that conference I debuted my book "African Spirit-

uality vs. The African American," 1997. 

                                                                                                                             
While  I  do not claim  to be famous  for  being the  most  knowledgeable, 

most well-traveled, nor the most ritually adept priest in all of the ATR's

(far from it) however, indeed, the only thing that I ever wanted to be fam-

ous for was for being not famous." While I have been to the African contin-

ent and to Cuba, I have not yet traveled to Yorubaland. Such travel is quite redeeming for most of those who have made sojourns there, but is not, in

the least, obligatory to do so in order to practice the Afro-Cuban variat-

ions of west and central African ATR. Of course, however, I encourage all

of you to travel to the west and central African motherland as one way of

enhancing your ashe.

                                                                                                            
My education includes a Ph.D. in Clinical and Forensic Psychology, The

Wright Institute, Berkeley, Ca. 1976, and a J.D. in law, Boalt Hall School

of Law, U.C. Berkeley. 1981).  As a young man I worked in the Civil Rights Movement (SNCC 1965-1969), and in 1970 I founded and led the Ethnic

Arts Studies Division 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 completed my first college degree).

 

I welcome you to the class.

 

A.M.O.