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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.
In this episode ANU Asafo will interview the distinguished Chief Jegna Hru Yuya Assaan ANU!
What does Southern root work, hoodoo, and voodoo have to do with Pan Afrakanism?
For most people, the word Voodoo begins to conjure up televised pictures of a wrathful hag stealing bits of your DNA so that they could make a doll with it and then work evil into your life.
Southern root work, hoodoo and voodoo was something that you did to people, not a spiritual practice. This misunderstanding happened because outsiders witnessed the power of Voodoo and became afraid.It can give you the power to break off the chains of your oppressors.Southern root work and hoodoo derives from voodoo as Afrakan American folk magic.
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Asafo or warrior scholar is a term coming from the Akan people of Ghana that describes the type of person who uses their intellect and scholarship to protect and provide strategies for the advancement of their community. “Asa” -war and “fo” - people means warrior people or practically warrior scholars. This week in the Anu Asafo podcast, our host Ifawunmi recaps the basic tenets of African Spirituality. This includes the single supreme source from which everything emanates, the various traditions within the African Spirituality, distinguishing between worshipping and paying homage to the Ancestors and paying attention to lessons that is provided for personal development. He also speaks about the some of the major issues in the Pan- Afrakan community living in the United States and the solutions for them. “The illusion of inclusion” or more plainly the illusion of integration fed by the spirit of Martin Luther King’s I have a dream speech is part of the major problem in the Afrakan community. True to an Asafo fashion, Ifawunmi gives a clear strategy to deal with the illusion ---harness the economic spending power of the Pan-Afrakan community. As an Afrakan collective, men and women can synergize to protect and provide for the community. Spiritually, Ifawunmi suggests using the power and wisdom that the highly cultivated Ancestors provide for the community. As Asafo, spiritual training is another strategy that can be used. Training can provide the balance and insight that one needs to be productive, supportive and provide stability for the community as well as provide the vitality to sustain their momentum.
In this episode please join our fellow umfundi as they discuss the topics of Afrikan Spirituality and Traditional Religions as well as how they decided to study at the Sadulu House Spiritual Center with Chief Jegna Hru Yuya Assaan-ANU.
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Sketch Mwalimu K. Bomani Baruti is the co-founder and co-director of Akoben Institute, an independent Afrikan centered full-time and after-school home schooling and tutorial program for middle and high schoolers. Over the last half decade, Bro. Baruti has also taught various Afrikan centered evening classes for adults at the Institute and online. Included in these was a writers’ workshop for those interested in writing and self-publishing. Moreover, he is an experienced chess teacher who taught chess at independent Black schools for over a decade. Bro. Baruti is the author of eighteen self-published books: Excuses, Excuses: The Politics of Interracial Coupling in European Culture, negroes and other essays, Chess Primer: An Introduction to the Game of Chess, The Sex Imperative, Homosexuality and the Effeminization of Afrikan Males, Asafo: A Warriors Guide to Manhood, Complementarity: Thoughts for Afrikan Warrior Couples, Mentacide and other essays, Kebuka!: Remembering the Middle Passage Through the Eyes of Our Ancestors, Eureason: An Afrikan Centered Critique of Eurocentric Social Science, Battle Plan, Notes Toward Higher Ideals in Afrikan Intellectual Liberation, Sesh: An Afrikan Centered Guide to Writing and Self-Publishing for Warrior Scholars, Nyansasem: A Calendar of Revolutionary Daily Thoughts, Yurugu’s Eunuchs, Centered: Building Afrikan Realities, IAW: A Warrior’s Character and Message to The Warriors.
If you would like more information about Jegna Mwalimu Baruti please visit http://akobenhouse.com/about/
Kwesi Ra Nehem Ptah Akhan. Kwesi Ra Nehem Ptah Akhan's knowledge of & uncompromising stance on Afrikan Spirituality makes him a valuable resource. All of his work, most of which is free, can be found at his website www.odwirafo.com.
Works such a Uben Hyeng - The Ancestral Summons, which is one of the most African centered spirit-sophical texts out today, becomes a quick favorite of those studying African Spirituality.
He also has works such as Kukuu Tuntum - The Ancestral Jurisdiction and Ptah Sasetem, where he explains what it means to be an African person, the importance of African Spirituality, and a guide for ReAfrikanization.
A couple of his controlversial pieces include:
The Origin of the Term Afrika;
Moor means Dead; and
Divine Law & Divine Hate
He can be heard today on ANU Asafo!
In this episode of Anu Asafo please listen in as Oba Anpu give an introduction to African Spirituality.
Oba Anpu is someone people call an autodidactic. He is a child of the First World Alliance of Harlem New York, which is the mother of the African Centered Lecture circuits nationally. He is a former member of the ASCAC (Association for the Study of Classical African Civilizations), a former member of The AAPRP (The All African People's Revolutionary Part) of Kwame Ture (Formerly Stokely Carmichael), as well as is a former member of The Black Holocaust Council of New Haven, Connecticut. He has been a member of several study groups, all of which were African centered, and has sat at the feet of some of the greatest minds in the movement during his time at the First World Alliance in Harlem, New York such as Dr. John Henrik Clarke, Dr. Joseph Ben Jochannan, Dr. Leonard Jeffries Jr., and Professor James Small. He states “These Giants and many many more have made me who I am intellectually, and spiritually.” Oba Anpu is a fully initiated Priest of Vodoun, and states that, “without reconnecting with our original Ancestral spirits and the Vodu (Elemental Spirits) Abosom, Neteru, Orisha, We Black People can never be truly free.”
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