Black Spirituality Religion : In the Stone

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  1. Sekhemu

    Sekhemu Well-Known Member MEMBER

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    Spirits and divinities were and are an intrisic part traditional Afrikan cosmological consciousness. We understood that life did not end with death. The understanding that when we die we go first to Olofin ( the son of God ) to whom we would give an account of all the things we had done wrong on Earth, and also, all the things we considered we did right. Olofin would hear us and take this spirit-person before Olorun (God) itself. God in his/her infinite wisdom would understand everything and would send for the protecting divinity of the individual so the divinity could testify how balanced or inbalanced this person had been. How well he/she had kept and attended his/her duties toward their protecting deity, and how well he/she treated their fellow man/woman.

    Olorun-Olodumare would reward him/her because he/she had been a good human being. They would given eternal life in the following manner:

    Olofin would transform them into rain. He would descend, transformed back to Earth (Aiye) where he would go into the rivers until he reached the bottom, whereupon he was turned into a STONE.

    After time has passed (about three months) the deceased man's relatives would go to the nearest river or lake with great ceremony. One of the closest relatives, accompanied by a priest of his protective Orisha would go into the river or lake. Once inside the water ( everyone dressed in white) with his/her eyes closed, would reach the bottom of the river and find a stone in which he/she felt the spirit (Ase) of his/her deceased relative had come to rest.

    Once he/she had the stone in his/her hands, he/she would take it out and wrap it in a piece of cloth and the color of the deceased man's protecting divinity. This stone was received with joy by all present at the ceremony. Then it was carried to his house where it was deposited in a bowl made of clay or dried calabash. This bowl symolizes the body where the spirit, which is now the stone, lives.

    These stones, according to how many ancestors there had been, were placed together in what could be considered a shrine. Every day a portion of their meals was brought to them and placed at the foot of the shrine (this custom was lost somewhat in the caribbean as the old people died or did not have the space or time to keep the tradition). But in our ancestors homeland these stories (Ese) were kept as a part of the family clan.

    It so happened that every time something troubled them they would go to the bowls where their ancestors spirits lived, there they would pray, ask for advice, help with their problems. When their prayers were answered they would feel a miracle had taken place. And as it is with any other religion, the more miracles that began to happen with certain stones containing the spirits of relatives or just people who had lived in the village, the more their lives and deeds were told. By this "miracle reasoning, power of the spirit," many would achieve the rank of either divinity or clan divinity.