Category Archives: Vodun News

News about Vodun and related diaspora systems, and the struggle for African cultural preservation.

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.

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

Many pastors and imams secretly come to me to consult Ifa – Ifayemi Elebuibon, traditional priest — The Punch – Nigeria’s Most Widely Read Newspaper

Despite that many are being converted to these foreign religions, we still have some people who are embracing Ifa here in Nigeria and even abroad. This is because the knowledge of Ifa is spreading wide. Before, very many people didn’t know what Ifa was all about. Those who brought these foreign religions tried hard to rubbish Ifa and they painted it black to make our people accept their religions. Many people are afraid of traditional religion and they were not proud to associate with African Traditional Religion.

But now some of those who attend churches and mosques are now embracing African Traditional Religion. More people are now being initiated in this religion. Lots of Europeans and Americans are coming to be initiated into Ifa worship. Some people came from United Kingdom recently to be initiated into it. This is what early missionaries rubbished to have their religions spread to us but I am happy that their offsprings are now coming to embrace it.

via Many pastors and imams secretly come to me to consult Ifa – Ifayemi Elebuibon, traditional priest — The Punch – Nigeria’s Most Widely Read Newspaper.

Ita Ayamba, Policeman In Akwa Ibom State Tortures Eight Year Old Daughter Over Witchcraft – OnlineNigeria News

“It was during their stay in Port Hracourt, that their stepmother took the children to a Pentecostal church. Goodness was accused of witchcraft at the church. Her stepmother was told that Goodness was the person responsible for their father’s non-rising profile in the force.

The father who was also in the church began to beat and kick Goodness in a bid to extract a confession about her witchcraft.”

via Ita Ayamba, Policeman In Akwa Ibom State Tortures Eight Year Old Daughter Over Witchcraft – OnlineNigeria News.

Are blacks abandoning Christianity for African faiths? | theGrio

The Yoruba tradition has gained in popularity among blacks exploring African spirituality because of its accessibility in America. The Yoruba ethnic group is one of the largest three in Nigeria and those who have immigrated to the United States, have brought the teachings of Orisha and Ifa the systemic basis of Yoruba spirituality with them.The fact is while West African-derived religions have historically been looked down upon, research shows that more African-Americans are exploring and adopting them. Many of these African-Americans were Christians and have either completely abandoned the Christian doctrine, like Jones, or are still incorporating Christianity with the West African-derived religions to create a unique, sort of ‘on-demand’ syncretism.

via Are blacks abandoning Christianity for African faiths? | theGrio.

Orisha Online Altar Possibly Flood Attacked, Vodun Calendar Moved

Protection NkisiThis weekend, the Orisha Online Altar was flood attacked, perhaps coincidentally but perhaps not, after Sheloya angered some white supremacists, one of whom made a veiled threat.  The damage was repaired, but it reminded us of the need to make sure to take precautions against people who have a problem with Africans and African beliefs.

The site has been repaired, but there have been a few changes.  One of them is that the Vodun Calendar is now in a separate directory, so that the whole site isn’t shut down just because someone exploits one feature.

The new calendar is at http://www.soulmindbody.net/voduncalendar

Please update your bookmarks.

Oriki Need to Be Preserved

An interesting article on how Yoruba youth are losing their Oriki.  Oriki are basically the stories behind towns, people, animals, and other things.  They are like the poetry of life that, if someone has been blessed to have, they should learn them and treasure them.

Visit: http://tribune.com.ng/index.php/features/13508-yoruba-oriki-a-dying-cultural-genre