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IFE PEOPLE: ANCIENT ARTISTIC, HIGHLY SPIRITUAL AND THE FIRST YORUBA PEOPLE

Ife people are ancient, originally spiritual, highly advanced artistic and agriculturalist Yoruboid-speaking people that forms the sub-group of the larger Yoruba people of West Africa, particularly in Nigeria and the Republic of Benin. The Ife people are “primus inter pares” when it comes the origin and spirituality of Yoruba. They are the first Yoruba people from which all other Yoruba people emerged and dispersed to form other Yoruba sub-groups in the world. Ife people are found precisely in the city of Ile-Ife, which sits in the Southwestern Nigerian State of Osun. This ancient “Yoruba Spiritual Mecca” of a city is surrounded by hills and is about fifty miles (80.467kms) to Ibadan and Osogbo. The city of Ile-Ife is also known as ‘Ife’ or ‘Ilurun’ which means ‘the gateway to heaven’ (Eluyemi 1986:16).

Ife people celebrating their Obatala festival at Ile Ife

Ori-olokun sculpture which sits at the entrance of the ancestral city of Ile Ife.

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THE GREAT AKWASIDAE FESTIVAL OF THE ASANTE PEOPLE

To every African, festivals hold a special place in everyday life. They are occasions for re-union, remembrance and merry-making. Festivals are also occasions of mixed feelings as the dead are remembered through organized rituals and mourning. The rituals are performed by social groups under clan heads who are responsible to contact the dead to invoke their blessings for the people.

  Asante girl in her Kente cloth dancing at Akwasidae festival at USA

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SARA (KAMEENI) PEOPLE: ANCIENT SUN-WORSHIPING PEOPLE OF AFRICA

The Sara (Kameeni) are an amalgamation of ancient Sun-worshiping, fishery and sedentary agriculturalist Bongo-Bargimi-speaking people of Nilo-Saharan origins residing in southern Chad and Central African Republic. Most Sara are now, and have been for centuries, located between Lake Iro in the east and the Logone River in the west.

His profile reminds me of Telly's brother. Africa | A hunter from the Sara tribe.  Central Africa. ca. 1924/5 | ©RMN / Jean-Gilles Berizzi {Haardt Fund; Citroen Mission}
Sara man with facial tribal marks from Chad

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The Eyo Festival | MAYEGUN

Eyo Festival was originally staged at Oke Ipa but it later moved to Lagos Island. Back in the days, the Eyo Festival is held to escort the soul of a departed Lagos King or important Chief and to usher in a new king. The white-clad Eyo Masquerades represent the spirit of the dead and are referred to as Agogoro Eyo, as in Tall Eyo.

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Luba (Baluba) People: Highly Spiritual, Brave Founders of Pre-colonial African Kingdom of Luba and the Largest Ethnic Group in the Democratic Republic of Congo

DancerThe Luba people also known as Baluba are a cluster of powerful ancient grassland and forest-dwelling hunters, kingdom-builders, highly spiritual cum agriculturalist Bantu-speaking peoples of Central Africa, and the largest ethnic group in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. They are indigenous to the Katanga, Kasai, and Maniema regions which were historic provinces of present-day Democratic Republic of the Congo. Their population is close to 14 million.

Baluba dancer performing traditional dance at Kinshasa. Courtesy http://africaphotographer.blogspot.com/

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Sango Ede Festival 2011 – YouTube

Sango Ede Festival 2011 – YouTube.

Sangosakin Ajala communes with fire.

ASE Short Film/Television Series Concept Trailer [African Historical Fantasy Genre] – YouTube

ASE Short Film/Television Series Concept Trailer [African Historical Fantasy Genre] – YouTube.

Oshun Festival in Osogbo Photos

 

Dogon Divination

Pastor Drops Dead Conducting Funeral Of Herbalist Who Previously Warned Not To Be Taken Into Church – OnlineNigeria News

Ominous signs of what was to come be­gan shortly after Pastor Odum began the open air funeral service. Soon after those at the ceremony took their seats under the bright and sunny weather, rain began to fall amid lightening and heavy thunder storms. This forced the casket bearing Pa Okoko’s remains to be taken back to the Obu. Immediately that was done, the rain was said to have stopped instantly. To the chagrin of those around, as soon as the cas­ket was brought out the second time for the continuation of the service, the rain started again this time in greater proportion. At that point, Pastor Odum, who went ahead with the conduct of the funeral service, suddenly collapsed.

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World’s oldest religion discovered in Botswana

“Associate Professor Sheila Coulson , from the University of Oslo, can now show that modern humans, Homo sapiens, have performed advanced rituals in Africa for 70,000 years. She has, in other words, discovered mankind’s oldest known ritual.’

‘The archaeologist from the Department of Archaeology, Conservation, and Historical Studies, made the surprising discovery while she was studying the origin of the Sanpeople in cooperation with the University of Tromsø, Norway, and the University of Botswana. A group of the San live in the sparsely inhabited area of north-western Botswana known as Ngamiland.”

via World’s oldest religion discovered in Botswana.