African and African Diaspora Spiritual Traditions

 


"Many things were fermenting inside Amma at the creation . Spinning and dancing, Amma created all the spirialling worlds of the stars of the universe"

"The world of spiralling stars were populated universes; for as he created things, Amma gave the world it shape and its movement and created living creatures."

the Dogon people of west Africa

The Dogon also believe that visitations and teachings of an advanced race from the Sirius star planetary system more than 5000 years ago is the source of their own culture and which coincidentally coincides with the sudden emergence of the sophisticated civilizations of Sumer, Egypt and other peoples surrounding the Mediterranean Sea. The Dogon's own accurate astronomical knowledge of the twin star system of Sirius has been part of their belief systems for thousands of years. This astronomical information was unknown to scientists until 1970 when Sirius B was first photographed. Until then, astronomers were unaware that the star Sirius has a white dwarf companion star.

A brief description of information provided in "The Sirius Mystery" by Robert K.G.Temple

 

Olódúmarè is God
Orúnmilà is His Prophet
Ifà is his Scripture

Ifá says:
Perform truthfulness, perform righteousness
Perform kindness, avoid wickedness
Perform the truth, perform righteousness
Is the one that Imale supports
Who is Imale
Except Olódúmarè (God)?

selected portion of the IFA religious creed
Chief Adedoja E. Aluka
Babalodu Awo Agbaye
Akala Obatala of Ife Ife, Nigeria

 

The First Place and Creation Force

The Realm of Olorun, The Adobe of the Mighty Creator, Oloddumare is at the center of everything there was, is and will be. All creation, Ashe, came forth from from this center. In pots which Oloddumare created. In each Ashe, each pot, there is his creative force which he uses to make and maintain part of the totality of creation. And for every male creative force there is a female creative force.

Ashe has a Thought

Now realize before the beginning of everything there was only Ashe, the creative force itself. It was in no pot. There was nothing but Ashe. But one day Ashe began to think. And when thinking began Ashe became Oloddumare. And as Oloddumare thought he thought matter, and so matter became to be. And the matter is called Olorun, the Adobe at the center of everything. But matter became a she as Oloddumare is a he, for thinking causes a reaction in the opposite direction, a male thinking generates a female thing; a female thinking a male thing. The name of the thinking creating matter in Olorun is Nana Baruku, the Grandmother of all the divinities. This female creator has many names: Nana,, Nan Nan, Nana Baruku, Nana Baluku, Na Na Baraclou, Boucalou are but a few.

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