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Title: Orisa'Ifa/Yoruba Spirituality? The Book List
Post by: OlOrisa_Olokun on June 25, 2004, 09:30:59 AM
This is beginners guide to studying african traditional religion first, history/afrocentric context and finally Orisa'Ifa. It may not suit those with advanced cultural studies under their belt. But is perfect if you havent had any HANDS-ON experience with traditional african religions. Advanced list coming.

Should read in this particular order.

Introduction to African Religion
by John S. Mbiti
Excellent introduction to African Religions in general. Nice place to start if you need a non-threatening source that takes into account that most peoples reference point is Christianity or Islam.

by Molefi Kete Asante
This book provides cultural context and motivation for getting involved in a spiritual system that looks like you and belonged to your own family before arriving in the U.S.

The Handbook of Yoruba Religious Concepts
by Baba Ifa Karade
An excellent primer to Orisa'Ifa/Yoruba Religion, a true hand/guidebook in every sense of the word, easy reading.

The Healers
by Ayi Kwei Armah
One of the most moving and prolific novels written on the coming of Europeans and western ideas to African society and what it does and how it changes the work of those that are charged to protect our traditions.

Jambalaya: The Natural Woman's Book of Personal Charms and Practical Rituals
by L. Teish
Not purely an Orisa book but written by a reputable Orisa priest. Excellent segue way into learning the practical uses of Orisa worship. Not to be confused as representative of how Orisa worship is conducted by everyone.

Santeria: African Spirits in America
by Joseph M. Murphy
Written by a journalist who has gone through some rites. Good balance, nice prospective on Latin influence in Orisa worship.

Imoye: A Definition of the Ifa Tradition
by Baba Ifa Karade
Excellent attempt at reemphasizing the true purpose of Orisa worship  spiritual evolution.

African Religions & Philosophy
by John S. Mbiti
Another text book by the Mbiti. Excellent overall look at African spiritual philosophy and culture. A must read.

The Spirit of Intimacy: Ancient African Teachings in the Ways of Relationships
by Sobonfu Some
Ever wonder what African originally thought about romance and relationships? Well, this is the book for you. A must read for couples and individuals that are trying to develop culturally and spiritually significant relationships.

The Core of Fire: A Path to Yoruba Spiritual Activism
by Aina Olomo
Title self-explanatory. Using Orisa'Ifa worship as a platform for community service.

Tradition and Transformation
by Koleoso Karade, Baba Koleoso Karade, Ifa Karade, Baba Akinkugbe Karade
Orisa'Ifa role in healing the history and pains of African-Americans.

Of Water and the Spirit: Ritual, Magic, and Initiation in the Life of an African Shaman
by Malidoma Patrice Some
Good look at African spirituality in Burkino Faso. Breaks down lots of general African spiritual concepts.

The Little Oracle That Goes a Long Way: Ifa's Obi Abata
by Ra Ifagbemi Babalawo
For when you're ready to start learning how to communicate to your own Ancestors.

Awo Obi: Obi Divination in Theory and Practice
by Baba Osundiya
For when you're ready to start learning how to communicate to your own Ancestors.

Obi Divination
by Afolabi A. Epega
For when you're ready to start learning how to communicate to your own Ancestors.


Title: Re: Orisa'Ifa/Yoruba Spirituality? The Book List
Post by: sisMenenI on July 10, 2004, 07:31:54 PM
Give Thanks!!! Blessed.

Title: Re: Teh Spirit of Intimacy? The Book List
Post by: Sis Najuwah on July 28, 2005, 03:56:20 PM


Just wanted to say, this book was a great read.  For someone who comes is contact with the younger generation alot, I found it gave me a way to express to the dawtahs how special they are, and to the brodahs the importance of an Ash Circle.  Slow it down.

I recommend it especially for the younger generation....(excellent Rites of Passage source.)