Iya Ifadoyin Ogunsina Carter-Daboiku
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Ancestral Healing

by Iya Ifadoyin Ogunsina Carter-Daboiku When asked to write an essay on Ancestral Healing, the first thing that came to mind was, “What does Iya want me to say?  Why is she asking me to do this?”  After 48-hours of stewing in the way only an Ogun head can, I laughed to myself and accepted […]

October 22, 2011 0
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Celebrating the Spirit of the Ancestors in Photos

by Olorisha Ogunkeye Bomani The Caravan to the Ancestors in Galveston, Texas

October 22, 2011 0
Lyman Kinder Henry
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Poem for Lyman Kinder Henry

by Aboyade Bomani This poem is in honor of my Grandfather who retold me the stories of my grandmother’s people and a place called Matthews Plantation in Louisiana. It was here that a slave owner by the name of Charlie Matthews tried to number the days of my Ancestor Kinder Henry. Kinder Henry walked off […]

October 22, 2011 0
Preparation of Feast
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Egun Feast

by Iya Ifalola Omobola Periodically it will come up within a reading that one needs to have a party for their ancestors.  This generally entails setting up a space for that particular ancestor and cook their favorite meal, making enough for the guests you are going to invite to taste or even use as the […]

October 22, 2011 0
Grandpa Dean
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The Funeral: In Honor of My Grandpa Dean

by Yawo Esu The house that grief and misery built. It was how I described my grandpa’s funeral. Cold, lonely, full of cries Cries of pain and misery. Seeing my aunts and uncles Breaking down like the world had ended And it had to them, to me as well. Nine year olds not suppose to […]

October 22, 2011 0
The Coulter Women
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Egungun and Marcus Garvey

EGUNGUN by Yawo Yemoja It is important to Revere the Egungun Because you don’t know When you will need their wisdom You can help them help you by greeting And acknowledging their energy But do not forget to feed them daily  There is always a road you will need to cross And the Egungun will […]

October 22, 2011 0
Diana Lynn Daniel Green
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Life Imitated By Art

by Yawo Sango I was asked by my talented art teacher to create a portrait of a relative using ordinary objects found around the house or in nature. I chose my father’s mother as my subject and then went on a search for cloth, pine cones, felt, old pieces of chandelier fixtures etc. to fashion […]

October 22, 2011 0
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A Synopsis on Libation

by Kefentse Akim Bandele in Yoruba Study Group of Detroit On the matter of what to offer the Ancestor or Deities, we have the choice of Water, Wine and “Hard” Liquor. The choice of liquid depends on the nature of the libation and prayer and what your aim is in invoking (awakening) the Ancestors. As […]

October 22, 2011 0
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Call Me “Bad Grass”

by Olorisha Aboyade Bomani An Obeah woman crossed the train tracks, right in front of the place where I work, she was dragging her skirt’s hem in a shuffling two-step. It was almost as if she was missing toes from her right foot, which forced the heel to make a momentous task out of a […]

October 22, 2011 0
Artwork by Esubiyi
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From The Publisher

by Iya Ifalola Omobola In preparing a piece for this edition, I was led in many different ways.  I was finally told to reprint this piece from my Fear book and am doing so.  Those interested in reading further will be told how to obtain a copy below. Standing upon the shoulders of those who […]

October 22, 2011 0




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