Reclaim the Ancestral Traditions of African Religion!
In these times of intense turmoil, people of African descent are facing serious threats to their well-being. The ability of Black communities to call on the spirits and ways of their ancestors is crucial to their continued strength. Nearly 20 years have passed since the first printing of this landmark book and there is still a great need for more accurate and respectful information about ancestral beliefs that have been misrepresented, misunderstood, and maligned by popular media and the public.
Lilith Dorsey incorporates history, instruction, and practical guidance for anyone wishing to learn more about African and African American religions and magic … an excellent resource that addresses the current turn to ancient spiritual wisdom to confront some of our most pressing societal needs.”
Yvonne Chireau, Professor of Religion at Swarthmore College and author of Black Magic: Religion and the African American Conjuring Tradition
This revised and expanded edition provides a helpful introduction to the religions of the African diaspora, a guide beyond the basic tenets to the vibrant, living spirit world of their peoples, and a much-needed key to protocol and proper etiquette, while clearing up common myths about Haitian Vodou, New Orleans Voodoo, Santería (Lucumí), and other practices that stem from misconceptions about possession and sacrifice. New material includes guidance for activists to empower their work for social change with the fierceness, tenacity, and wisdom of their ancestors, as well as never-before-published recipes handed down through the generations, personal spells and charms including root magick for protection and protest, and devotional rituals you can perform yourself.
This book is like an immersion course in the rich history, culture, and spiritual offerings of traditional African religions. Lilith has not only crafted an informative and much-needed expert resource, dispelling misinformation and stigma around these sacred practices, they have also created a down-to-earth guidebook to empower readers in walking their own spiritual journey.”
Mecca Woods, Astrologer and author of Astrology for Happiness and Success