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Orisha/ATR info for a friend
« on: January 09, 2014, 05:18:50 pm »
Hey folks,

I am making this post on behalf of a dear friend of mine who's seeking more information on African Traditional Religions and orisha veneration in particular. This is an area I know very little about, so I apologize in advance if this post is unclear or offensive. I'm posting for him because he doesn't have reliable computer access and works long hours most days of the week.

My friend is African-American and raised Jehovah's Witness (until I got to him ;)), though now practices an eclectic sort of polytheism. Recently he moved from a black neighborhood in the city to a very white town in New England and has started feeling the need to find and embrace his background. He's done some preliminary research and is trying to connect with a local African heritage center -- and it looks like there might even be a family tree coming to light soon.

He has a strong academic bent to his spirituality. As in, he majored in linguistics and routinely studies ancient languages to work with deities. Cause who doesn't have time to dabble in classical Greek and Old Norse to talk with Apollo and Heimdall? :) So I think  he'd appreciate any history or language books about African religions - either still in Africa, or in the diaspora - in addition to anything like a prayerbook or how-to ritual guide.

He knows he's very interested in the Orisha - none in particular yet, just that this set of gods/spirits is pinging his radar. Any suggestions of where to start looking, web or book resources, or general advice would be appreciated. Also let me know if I need to include more information to be helpful!
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Re: Orisha/ATR info for a friend
« Reply #1 on: January 09, 2014, 07:54:53 pm »
Quote from: Sage;135797


He knows he's very interested in the Orisha - none in particular yet, just that this set of gods/spirits is pinging his radar. Any suggestions of where to start looking, web or book resources, or general advice would be appreciated. Also let me know if I need to include more information to be helpful!


Let's see...I can recommend some books.  

Finding Soul on the Path of Orisa by Tobe Melora Correal
Black Gods: Orisa Studies in the New World by John Mason and Someone Else (Edwards, I think)
Four New World Yoruba Rituals by John Mason

(Any of John Mason's books are affordable at Fields Book Store http://www.fieldsbooks.com.  Anywhere else they are out of print and expensive).  John Mason also has a few books out on some particular Orisa: Shango, Esu and Olokun.  

There are small little introduction booklets to each Orisa by Raul Canizares (X Orisa: Santeria and Y Trait of Orisa; example: Oshun: Santeria and the Orisha of Love, Rivers and Sensuality)  and by Awo Falokun Fatunmbi (X Orisa and Ifa and Y trait of Orisa; for example  Oya: Ifa and the Spirit of the Wind).  

For Oya, I'd recommend

Oya: In Praise of an African Goddess by Judith Gleason
Oya: Ifa and the Spirit of the Winds by Falokun Fatunmbi
Oya: Santeria and the Orisha of the Winds by Raul Canizares

If your friend really wants to get involved in the Orisha religions, just know that this is a communal religion, not so much a solitary path.
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