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My Journey to Orisa with Baba Ifatunji

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It had not occurred to me, until undergraduate school in the mid-1970's, that there was or had ever been such a thing as an African G/god. But then, before majoring in Black Studies and learning African American history, it had not occurred to me that I was not a Negro, but an African. I had been a good, Black Missionary Baptist who believed everything my mother, my deacon father, my preacher and my Sunday school teachers told me about ethics and values. I had only known, "Do unto others as you would have them do unto you". That, in the African American experience had become, "What goes around comes around", which, I later learned, made sense to us because of our ancestral practice of giving offerings to our predecessors and gods in order to receive their blessings. Getting the "'holy ghost" had come from our tradition of calling our gods to possess our priests.

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