Black Spirituality Religion : 60 Books that will Enrich Your Spiritually, Socially, Politically and Emotionally

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  1. ifasehun

    ifasehun Well-Known Member MEMBER

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    I was going to just do a African Religion book list, but I figured I would combine some working lists. I havent had the chance to type out my entire book collection or all the notes that I have been passed on books. This list constitutes my experiences only for the most part. I have read about 98% of this list. The rest are the recommendations that I trust from other avid readers that are pan-african and african spiritualists. When I get the rest of my own collection in typed form I will add it and then I will try to share the rest of the recommendations I have gotten over the years.

    yes..this is mostly contemporary titles. i cant find my classics list, and i wasnt about to try to type them all out today. lol

    The African-Centered Person's Book List

    African Religion by Practitioners 25

    Ifa Will Mend Our Broken World. Wande Adimbola
    Spirit of Intimacy: Ancient Teachings in the Ways of Relationships. Sobonfu Some
    Yoruba World of Good and Evil. Conrad Mauge
    Olorisa: A Handbook of Yoruba Religion. Oba Oseijiman Adefunmi
    Introduction to African Religion. John Mbiti
    Metu Neter Vol. 1/2. Ra Un Nefer Amen
    Iwa-Pele: Ifa Quest the Search for the Source of Santeria and Lucumi, Falokun Fatunmbi
    Awo: Ifa & the Theology of Orisha Divination, Awo Fa'Lokun Fatunmb
    The Handbook of Yoruba Religious Concepts, Baba Ifa Karade, Ifa Karade
    Ancestors: Hidden Hands, Healing Spirits for Your Use and Empowerment, Ra Ifagbemi Babalawo
    Imoye: A Definition of the Ifa Tradition, Baba Ifa Karade
    Black Gods - Orisa Studies in the New World by John Mason
    Tradition and Transformation, Koleoso Karade
    Ojise: Messenger of the Yoruba Tradition, Baba Ifa Karade
    The Handbook of Yoruba Religious Concepts, Baba Ifa Karade
    Awo Obi: Obi Divination in Theory and Practice, Baba Osundiya
    Fundamentals of the YORUBA RELIGION (Orisa Worship), Chief Fama
    Sixteen Mythological Stories of Ifa (Ita Merindinlogun), Chief/Ms FAMA
    The Sacred Ifa Oracle, Afolabi A. Epega (Translator), Philip John Neimark (Introduction)
    Ifa: An Exposition of Ifa Literary Corpos, Wande Abimbola
    Ijo Orunmila, Fasina Falade
    The Adventure of Obatala Part 1/2, Ifayemi Elebuibon
    Oya: In Praise of an African Goddess, Judith Gleason
    Akan Protocol: Remembering the Traditions of the Ancestors, Nana Akua Kyerewaa Opokuwaa
    Tell My Horse : Voodoo and Life in Haiti and Jamaica, Zora Neale Hurston

    African Religion by Observers 8

    Introduction to African Religion. John Mbiti
    Flash of the Spirit: African and Afro-American Art and Philosophy, Robert Farris Thompson
    Osun Seegesi: The Elegant Deity of Wealth, Power, and Femininity, Diedre L. Badejo
    Secrets of Voodoo, Milo Rigaud
    Vodou: Visions and Voices of Haiti, Phyllis Galembo, Gerdes Fleurant
    Yoruba: Nine Centuries of African Art and Thought, Henry John Drewal
    Beads, Body, and Soul: Art and Light in the Yoruba Universe, Henry John Drewal
    Gelede: Art and Female Power Among the Yoruba (Traditional Arts of Africa), Henry John Drewal

    African History/Politics/Sociology 17

    Echoes of the Darkland: Themes of an African Eden. Dr. Charles Finch
    Introduction to African Civilizations, John G. Jackson
    African People in World History (Black Classic Press Contemporary Lecture), John Henrik Clarke
    Malcolm X: The Man and His Times, John Henrik Clarke
    Yurugu: An African-Centered Critique of European Cultural Thought and Behavior, Marimba Ani
    From Plan to Planet. Life studies: The Need for African Minds and Institutions. Haki Madhubuti
    Destruction of Black Civilization. Chancellor Williams
    Black Student's Guide to Positive Education. Zak Kondo
    Afrocentricity. Dr. Molefi Asante
    Breaking the Chains of Psychological Slavery, Na'Im Akbar
    Community of Self, Na’im Akbar
    Let The Circle Be Unbroken. Marimba Ani
    How Capitalism Underdeveloped Black America, Manning Marable
    How Europe Underdeveloped Africa, Walter Rodney
    Fulcrums of Change:African Presence in Early America. Jan Carew
    Community of Self. Naim Akbar
    Earthquakes and Sun Rise Missions: Poetry and Essays of Black Renewal 1973-1983, Haki R. Madhubuti

    African Fiction w/ Allusions to African Spirituality 2

    The River Between. Ngugi Wa Thiong'o
    Two Thousand Seasons. Ayi Kweh Armah

    East Indian 2

    Be as You Are. Sri Ramana Maharshi
    Meditation and Life. Swami Chininayanda

    Native American 3

    Black Dawn, Bright Day. Sun Bear
    The Sacred Tree: Reflections on Native American Spirituality. The Four Worlds Development Project
    Native Healer. Medicine Grizzlybear Lake


    Health 3

    Healthy Foods and Spiritual Nutrition Handbook. Keith Wright
    Vegetarianism Made Simple and Easy: A Primer for Black People. Zak Kondo
    Scientific Validation of Herbal Medicine. Daniel Mowry
     
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    ifasehun, this is a great list. I'd like to share it with the new Book Club, if I may.

    Respect,
    Queenie
     
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    ifasehun Well-Known Member MEMBER

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    go for it. when i have time i will add more.
     
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    Yesss ... this is wonderful, thank you Ifasehun.

    :heart:

    Destee
     
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    ...good list....might I add somemore....

    Health
    Drugs Masquerading As Foods: Deliciously Killing American-Afrikans and All Peoples, by Suzar
    The Spirit of Intimacy: Ancient African Teachings in the Ways of Relationships, by Sobonfu Some

    History
    African Presence in Early Europe, by Ivan Van Sertima
    Ancient Egypt the Light of the World, by Gerald Massey
    Black Athena:, by Martin Bernal
    Blacked Out Through Whitewash:, by Suzar
    Black Spark, White Fire: Did African Explorers Civilize Ancient Europe?, by Richard Poe
    Black Women in Antiquity, by Ivan Van Sertima
    Exiled Egyptians: The Heart of Africa, by Moustafa Gadalla
    From Babylon to Timbuktu:, by Rudolph R. Windsor
    Gerald Massey's Lectures, by Gerald Massey
    Kush, the Jewel of Nubia:, by Miriam Ma'At-Ka-Re Monges
    Lies My Teacher Told Me : Everything Your American History Textbook Got Wrong, by James Loewen
    Precolonial Black Africa:, by Cheikh Anta Diop
    Sex and Race:, by J. A. Rogers (series)
    Stolen Legacy:, by George G. M. James
    The African Origin of Civilization:, by Cheikh Anta Diop
    The Story of the Moors in Spain, by Stanley Lane-Poole
    They Came Before Columbus, by Ivan Van Sertima

    Religion
    Moses and Akhenaten: The Secret History of Egypt at the Time of the Exodus, by Ahmed Osman
    The African Origin of Modern Judaism: From Hebrews to Jews, by Jose V. Malcioln
    The Historical Jesus and the Mythical Christ: Separating Fact from Fiction, by Gerald Massey
    The Truth About Black Biblical Hebrew-Israelites (Jews: The Worlds Best Kept Secret), by Ella J. Hughley

    Science / Medicine
    Melanin: A Key To Freedom, by Richard, M.D. King
    Melanin: The Chemical Key To Black Greatness, by Carol Barnes
    The Crest of the Peacock: Non-European Roots of Mathematics, by George Gheverghese Joseph
    The Code Book: The Science of Secrecy from Ancient Egypt to Quantum Cryptography, by Simon Singh

    Psychology / Philosophy / Socialogy
    Awakening the Natural Genius of Black Children, by Amos N. Wilson
    From ****** to Gods:, by Akil (series)
    Metu Neter Vol.1: The Great Oracle of Tehuti and the Egyptian System of Spiritual Cultivation, by Ra Un Nefer Amen
    Metu Neter Vol.2: Anuk Ausar, The Kamitic Initiation System, by Ra Un Nefer Amen
    Mis-Education of the Negro, by Carter G. Woodson
    The Goddess Blackwoman: Mother of Civilization, by Akil
    The Isis Papers (Yssis Papers/Keys to the Colors), by Frances Cress Welsing
    The Wretched of the Earth, by Frantz Fanon

    Various
    From the Browder File: 22 Essays on the African American Experience, by Anthony T. Browder


    ....check'em all out on amazon.com....
     
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    Mahogany_Brown Well-Known Member MEMBER

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    Akil was the one of the first Black authors that I read . His book titled "From N..... to Gods" was extremely educational and also very humorous, I highly recommend it (especially to younger people). I would also like to add "The United Independent Compensatory Code/System/Concept" by Neely Fuller Jr. I am currently reading that now and it has some very interesting concepts. Its closely associated with the "Isis Papers" by Francis Cress Welsing. By the way has anyone read this book (the United Independent Compensatory Code etc..) if you have please let me know what you think(you can PM me if you like)
    Peace..
     
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    Aqil Well-Known Member MEMBER

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    Great lists all!...

    Mahogany, I read The United Independent Compensatory Code/System/Concept several years ago...purchased it at a lecture I attended by Dr. Francis Cress-Welsing and Neely Fuller. I consider it a "must have." (Btw, the correct spelling of the author of ****** To Gods is "Akil.")

    Here is a booklist for those interested in astrology, metaphysics and the occult:

    THE LIGHT OF EGYPT, Thomas Burgoyne, vols. I & II, Sun Books

    STAR NAMES, Their Lore And Meaning, Richard Hinckley, Dover Publications

    ISIS UNVEILED, Mme. Helena Blavatsky, vols. I & II

    HEBREW ASTROLOGY, Sepharial, Sun Books

    ALAN OKEN'S COMPLETE ASTROLOGY, which contains: AS ABOVE, SO BELOW; THE HOROSCOPE, THE ROAD AND ITS TRAVELERS; ASTROLOGY: EVOLUTION AND REVOLUTION, Bantam Books, Inc.

    Contemporary Astrology, Jerry Williams, Para Research, Inc.

    THE MODERN TEXTBOOK OF ASTROLOGY, Margaret E. Hone, L.N. FOWLER & CO. LTD.

    ANCIENT HINDU ASTROLOGY FOR THE MODERN WESTERN ASTROLOGER, James T. Braha, Hermatician Press

    ASTROLOGY, THE DIVINE SCIENCE, Marcia Moore and Mark Douglas, Arcane Publications

    THE MYSTICS OF ISLAM, Reynold A. Nicholson, Routledge and Kegan Paul, Ltd.

    THE GREAT PYRAMID DECODED, Peter Lemesurier, Element Books

    Zolar's Encyclopedia of ANCIENT and FORBIDDEN KNOWLEDGE, Arco Publications, Inc.

    THE ASTROLOGER'S HANDBOOK, Frances Sakoian & Louis Acker, Harper & Row Publishers, Inc.

    ASTROLOGICAL PATTERNS, The Key to Self-Discovery, Frances Sakoian & Betty Caufield, Harper & Row Publishers, Inc.

    The A to Z Horoscope Maker and Delineator, Llewellyn George, Llewellyn Publications

    THE ONLY WAY TO...LEARN ASTROLOGY, vols. I, II & III, ACS Publications

    THE RISING SIGN, Jeanne Avery, Doubleday & Co., Inc.

    The Astrological Houses, The Spectrum of Individual Experience, Dane Rudhyar, Doubleday & Co., Inc.

    ASTROLOGY FOR MILLIONS, Grant Lewi, Llewellyn Publications

    The Scientific Basis of Astrology, Michel Gauquelin, Stein and Day Publishers

    A HANDBOOK FOR THE HUMANISTIC ASTROLOGER, Michael R. Meyer, Anchor Press/Doubleday
     
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    ifasehun Well-Known Member MEMBER

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    ABOUT THIS THREAD (pretty please)

    by the way - i am trying to create a thread of books for african-centered people here. the books doesnt necessarily have to be written by an african - but it's core message should be congruent, complimentary or similiar to message expounded by african centered politics, culture and spirituality.

    -- this forum is full of plenty of non-african centered thoughts, messages etc. please do not use this thread in the same way. that isnt fair considering that the MAJORITY of the threads in the spirituality forum are NOT african-centered.

    -- in addition, if you have any good spirituality titles please add those first. anything that is AFRICAN-CENTERED.

    african centered friendly books ONLY. most of the titles mentioned thus far fall in that category, but a few dont. please start new book threads for these.



    Nelly Fuller, The United Independent Compensatory Code/System/Concept - I read it, but I am not entirely comfortable with it. Mostly because it doesnt have any African nature to it. Its essentially a western militant stance that still draws heavily from the eurocentric political ideologies.

    Also to date, I know of not one black political movement or organization that has made real practical use of it. That is out of all the organizations I have been affiliated with or come to know - not one has been able to successfully transfer the bulk of the recommendations in that book into a workable ideology or component of an existing one for their group. Which is key. We are practical people, so we need to SEE these books become tools, not good reference books.

    Frantz Fanon - anything by him is good, but difficult reading. And it should be read in tandem with something spiritual. Fanon is absolutely devoid of anything spiritual in his writings and he postulated actions that need spirit behind them to fully succeed. This is my chief criticism of African independence movements and the OAU - they are using eurocentric metholodies to gain independence from europeans! Which is why the OAU has been such a dismal failure - and why some countries have had more coups in the last twenty years than other countries have had presidents! Fanon is the "man", but he needed God (the center of reality for an African) in his life.

    Gerald Massey - anything is good reference material. But the best of his work has been captured and updated in more recent works - in decidely more readable form. Same goes for some of our own scholars which havent been mentioned like J.A. Rogers (who has also married to a white woman sadly enough!) Rogers and Masey were historical genuises for their time, but their works contain lapses that have since been corrected, expanded upon etc... So they should be read with a discerning eye.

    An old favorite that has remained fairly current are the works of Drusila Dundee. They are hard to find. I only see her stuff at old libraries. I think UB&US publish her writings on occasion - not sure though.
     
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    ifasehun Well-Known Member MEMBER

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    how did destee get to be listed as the author of this thread?
     
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    ifasehun ... i don't know how i got listed as the author of this thread. such has happened before, where the starter of the thread is replaced by someone else ... hmmmm ... some glitch in the software i suppose ... but it's obvious to anyone who clicks inside this thread that it is not mine ... and if anyone asks me, i'll tell them it's yours ... :)

    :heart:

    Destee
     
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