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Black Spirituality Religion : Pouring libations for the Ancestors

Discussion in 'Black Spirituality / Religion - General Discussion' started by Pharaoh Jahil, May 23, 2005.

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    Pharaoh Jahil

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    What is the basis for this ritual? How does one do it? Can someone explain for a young brotha please.....


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    In the Kemetic legacy, the initiate picks an ancestor(s), and sets up an altar for them somewhere private and special. It can anyone whom is an ancestor, whether it's ancient or recent.

    This is usually decorated with flowers, perishable foods ("daily offerings"), incense, and a picture(s) of the person(s).

    There is also a bowl present in the midst of the set-up, where a liquid of choice can be poured daily.

    My own personal ancestral altar consists of pictures of my mother (RIP), my father, and my paternal grandmother.

    I have a running water fountain, candles, miniature statues: a Black angel holding a Black baby (representing my mother), a native american chief with a war-bonnet (my father), and a Navajo woman sitting indian-style, wrapped in a blanket (my grand mother).

    All of this rests on a small shelf, with a meditation rug in front of it.


    Also, it seems that no matter how far we deviate from out culture, certain elements always remain; the pouring of libations is where the "thugs" get the whole idea of "pouring a 40 for their homies" comes from.

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    Thank you brotha for answering his question, you beat me to it lol. I have an ancestral altar similar to yours. Two, among several items found on it are my Great grand fathers tobacco pipe and his wife's(my grand grand mother's) favorite Tea Cup.
     
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    Peace to the Gods Samurai36 & Sekhemu & all others who have a place for their ancestors in their homes or hearts...................................!
     
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    I am working on building an altar. I just learned about pouring libations for ancestors as well. Where is your altar. what is your altar made out of ..is it on a table or something?
     
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    I actually have--or rather HAD :( --two altars....

    One is for my immediate ancestors--the one I spoke of--which was in my bedroom. That's where I'll rebuild it again. It was just a 3-tier shelf that I picked up from Pier-1 Imports:

    http://www.pier1.com/images/catalog/02013935_500_500.jpg


    The second is/was in my study; it was my meditation altar.

    It consisted of a water fountain, Chinese Chi Balls, whatever Scripture I was reading at the time, 2 large pillar candles, an incense box, my Mesush Metut Oracle cards, 2 statues of the Neteru (PTAH and KHONSU) with a long table runner placed under everything made of cultural fabric, and a meditation rug that was placed right in front of it.


    It was just a long, low-standing coffee table.

    Everybody's altars will be different, and you can place whatever items on your altar that you feel spiritually close to.

    I hope this helps Queen.

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    Have you ever had an ancestor communicate with you through the physical senses of sight and sound when performing this ritual?
     
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    Ok it did thanks :)..Want to work on building an altar...Queen Afua talks about it..i like the low long standing coffee table..will allow me to sit on the floor which is good for the womb. My mom wants to build one as well. Your meditation alter sounds beyoutiful
     
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    PEACE KARMA:

    Yes, but I have to say that most of my communications come either during my dream/sleep time, or my waking time.

    I receive "visits" as plain as day in my dreams; my mother (and others) come to me and have conversations.....I consult elders about decisions, etc.

    During my everyday "wake" time, I receive the subtle messages by way of everyday events; for example, I'll ask questions in my meditative state, and then go out and do my everyday stuff, and the answers are revealed to me--sometimes mathematically, other times through casual conversations with people, or over-hearing what people say, or even through TV and/or radio/music.

    I hope you can understand this; it's kinda hard to describe, without giving specific examples, which I'm not really supposed to do (it interferres with the connection).

    The best thing I can tell you, is to strive to make that connection for yourself, and you'll know precisely what I mean.


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    PEACE NISA:

    Thank you.

    My table was kind of similar to this:

    http://www.designtoscano.com/images/us/local/products/viewlarger/NG32906_vl.jpg

    But not quite as fancy.

    You can get one from anywhere, and the prices of course vary, based on your taste and desire.

    Best Blessings with your altar!!

    PEACE
     
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