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  • The Lady of Percussion
    by Holy G on July 21, 2016 at 11:55 PM
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    a female percussionist from Old Havana who has had to fight to be part of the world of the batá drum, an instrument who has traditionally only been played by men


  • Vodou Priestess Summoning Healing Spirit...
    by Holy G on May 13, 2016 at 8:07 PM
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  • Cutting-edge Technology for an Ancient R...
    by Holy G on April 5, 2015 at 11:00 PM
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    Onaje Woodbine (GRS'13) and his wife, Folasade, demonstrate the Yoruba Ifa divination process, and how their new app for iPhones, iPods, and iPads can be used in divination training.

  • The Ifa Divination System - YouTube
    by Holy G on April 5, 2015 at 10:52 PM
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    UNESCO: Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity - 2008


    Description: The Ifa divination system, which makes use of an extensive corpus of texts and mathematical formulas, is practiced among Yoruba communities and by the African diaspora in the Americas and the Caribbean. The word Ifa refers to the mystical figure Ifa or Orunmila, regarded by the Yoruba as the deity of wisdom and intellectual development.

    In contrast to other forms of divination in the region that employ spirit mediumship, Ifa divination does not rely on a person having oracular powers but rather on a system of signs that are interpreted by a diviner, the Ifa priest or babalawo, literally the priests father. The Ifa divination system is applied whenever an important individual or collective decision has to be made.

    The Ifa literary corpus, called odu, consists of 256 parts subdivided into verses called ese, whose exact number is unknown as they are constantly increasing (there are around 800 ese per odu). Each of the 256 odu has its specific divination signature, which is determined by the babalawo using sacred palm-nuts and a divination chain. The ese, considered the most important part of Ifa divination, are chanted by the priests in poetic language. The ese reflect Yoruba history, language, beliefs, cosmovision and contemporary social issues. The knowledge of Ifa has been preserved within Yoruba communities and transmitted among Ifa priests.

    Under the influence of colonial rule and religious pressures, traditional beliefs and practices were discriminated against.The Ifa priests, most of whom are quite old, have only modest means to maintain the tradition, transmit their complex knowledge and train future practitioners. As a result, the youth and the Yoruba people are losing interest in practising and consulting Ifa divination, which goes hand-in-hand with growing intolerance towards traditional divination systems in general.

  • Oya rise of the Orisas-African Superhero...
    by Holy G on February 12, 2015 at 10:51 PM
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    The worlds first African superhero movie - a taster. This short movie introduces Oya Rise of the Orixas, a trans-media project that features film and comic books. To pre-order the first comic book visit This project is based on the inspired by the anceint african deities known as Orixa and traditions of Yoruba people as well as Candomble, Santeria and Umbanda among others. THE SYNOPSIS Disconnected from the natural essence of Orixa. Fuelled by hate, war and destruction. This world teeters on chaos. This world needs change. This world needs Oya: Orixa of the hurricane, goddess of the wind. Step into her world, as Oya goes on a mission to stop a lunatic, intent on killing an innocent. If change is to come. Evil must be defeated. The Orixa must rise. Twitter: @Oyamovie

  • The Battle of Eshu and Iku (trailer)
    by Holy G on January 16, 2015 at 10:34 PM
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    An urban tale infused with African mythologies and passages and ordeals familiar to most inner-city youth.

    by Holy G on January 2, 2015 at 8:03 AM
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    The festival of Osun-Osgobo, which takes place every year in Osogbo, Nigeria, celebrates the goddess of fertility, Osun. The festival renews the contract between humans and the divine: Osun offers grace to the community; in return, it vows to honor her Sacred Grove. This ceremony is part of a rich indigenous Yoruba religious tradition that began in West Africa and has become one of the ten largest religions in the world, with upwards of 100 million practitioners.

  • Oggun: An Eternal Presence
    by Holy G on January 1, 2015 at 11:05 PM
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    Oggun: An Eternal Presence

    Starring: Lázaro Ros (May 11, 1925 - February 8, 2005)

    Director Gloria Rolando, 1991, English subtitles, 52 min

  • AfroCubans welcomed home in Africa
    by Holy G on December 17, 2014 at 9:06 PM
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    Can a family separated by the transatlantic slave trade for 170 years sing and dance its way back together? THEY ARE WE is a movie that tells the story of survival against the odds and how determination and shared humanity can triumph over the bleakest of histories.

  • Haitian Vodou - YouTube
    by Holy G on November 14, 2014 at 10:11 AM
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    What is Haitian Vodou? In this piece, Haitians tell us about this New World Afro-diasporic faith unique to their country, and we pay a visit to Le Péristyle de Mariana, the seat of Haitian Vodou and home of Vodou's Official Chief, Max-G. Beauvoir.

  • Candomble: Dance of the Gods
    by Holy G on November 14, 2014 at 9:41 AM
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    Afro-Brazilian religious rythms have distinctly shaped the musical soundscape of Brazil, influencing many contemporary styles such as samba and bossa nova. *ORIXA RHYTHMS AND DANCES EXPLAINED.

  • Candomble In Brazil - YouTube
    by Holy G on November 14, 2014 at 9:21 AM
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    Meet up with Jr, a young Brazilian, in Salvador Brazil to find out more about the religion ...

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