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ANU Asafo

African Traditional Religion is an umbrella term generally used by the academic community.  It is used to encompass the oral traditions of indigenous people of Africa that are passed down through the generations and the off shoots of it such as the Orisa, Palo or Akan traditions.  Our hosts favor African Traditional Spirituality because it moves away from the underling connotations of dogma in the word “religion”.
 
 African Traditional Spirituality gives reverence to the primordial energies, the elements, plant and animal life and the movement of the stars and planets.  Some systems kept meticulous oral records in the various tonalities of sounds and words as well as dance and movements.  The Ancestors knew that just as the elements that make up the universe are also present within their bodies they were present in the elements.  Outsiders, through observation and misunderstanding of our spiritual system, create religions to bind individuals to various beliefs for control.  The spiritual calculations whether written or sung were created to tap into greater knowledge of the Supreme Source.  Ifawunmi reminds us that “One cannot forget the Source”.
 
The contemporary movement of individuals going back to the Source evidenced in terms of the number of people aligning themselves with it and turning to their highest self.  And because it is a personal experience, you are reminded that it is your responsibility to do your end of the bargain. As the Chief says the spirits will not do for you what you are unwilling to do for yourself.
 
In the discussion our hosts touched on some powerful points such as remembering the Source, the personal and rich experience that draws many people into the tradition as well as the power and use of words. 

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