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As I lay here contemplating how I’m going to speak to my audience about spirituality and faith in this blog; I find myself stuck. Which is honestly quite baffling for me as I was raised Christian and am a huge believer of God, the Holy Spirit, and our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. In any situation i have credited my well being and blessings to God.
I wish to touch briefly on loving and finding God for yourself. The world is full of many different beautiful religions, spiritual practices and daily moral guidelines for people to live by. However, I’m going to touch on spirituality and faith from a Christian standpoint.
Who are the voodoo divinities? The wrong answer to this question has been at the root of the miseducation of the practice of voodoo.
To study the spirituality of a people is to understand their fundamental ethos of and worldviews. Thus; we shall start with the roots of who Africans really were
“If you fear what your ancestors practiced you fear aspects of yourself.”
Nothing can exemplify this quote better than the way we treat each other. Black people do not trust each other because they are afraid of who they are. Now, whether we want it or not Africans and African-Americans are one of the same people.
Reflecting on my childhood I’ve realized that everything happening in my current life has a reason behind it. I remember my mother having a big garden full of beautiful flowers.
My memories bring me back to moments when I saw myself playing alone in the garden. I would smell, touch, watch, and be fascinated by the flowers. These memories are clear in my head. Fast forward to now, the view or scent of a flower brings me back to moment in my childhood
Whereas in America the issue lies within being treated differently because of the color of our skin in Africa the struggle lies between accepting who we are. The identity crisis faced by Africans is rooted in the false belief: that everything that comes from the west is superior. This is a problem because it doesn’t give room for Africans to respect their origins, or better yet respect themselves.
Second-class citizens is the term I use to define how people all over the globe treat first generation African descendants (my way of saying all black people in general). Although, living in America made that term very clear, I am always reminded of the disrespects that the world has for my people, in airports and on airplanes on my way to West Africa.
Growing Up, my mother kept an ancestral altar in our home. A huge portion of my life revolved around meditations, prayers, and offerings before our altar. As African and American, Black people who have been in this land for countless generations, our altar allowed me to feel seen and relevant in history.
For slavery and colonization to work brown and black people all over the world needed to be stripped away from their identity;
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