Rasta TimesCHAT ROOMArticles/ArchiveRaceAndHistory RootsWomen Trinicenter
Africa Speaks.com Africa Speaks HomepageAfrica Speaks.comAfrica Speaks.comAfrica Speaks.com
InteractiveLeslie VibesAyanna RootsRas TyehimbaTriniView.comGeneral Forums
Welcome, Guest. Please login or register.
May 24, 2024, 08:59:54 PM

Login with username, password and session length
Search:     Advanced search
25912 Posts in 9968 Topics by 982 Members Latest Member: - Ferguson Most online today: 92 (July 03, 2005, 06:25:30 PM)
+  Africa Speaks Reasoning Forum
| |-+  Books & Reviews (Moderators: Tyehimba, leslie)
| | |-+  Orisa'Ifa/Yoruba Spirituality? The Book List
« previous next »
Pages: [1] Print
Author Topic: Orisa'Ifa/Yoruba Spirituality? The Book List  (Read 22157 times)
Junior Member
Posts: 118

Orisa Priest in Training

« 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.


When we have the determination to restrain our lower desires, the door is opened for us to fulfill our highest aspirations.
Posts: 91

physical distance cannot be a barrier to love.

« Reply #1 on: July 10, 2004, 07:31:54 PM »

Give Thanks!!! Blessed.

Spirituality is not theology or ideology. It is a simple way of life, pure and original as was given by the most high. Spirituality is a network linking us to the most high, the universe and eachother
Sis Najuwah
Posts: 11

« Reply #2 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.)

Pages: [1] Print 
« previous next »
Jump to:  

Powered by MySQL Powered by PHP Powered by SMF 1.1.21 | SMF © 2015, Simple Machines
Copyright © 2001-2005 AfricaSpeaks.com and RastafariSpeaks.com
Valid XHTML 1.0! Valid CSS!