Black Spirituality Religion : Is African Spirituality Evangelistic or Cultural?

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  1. river

    river Watch Her Flow MEMBER

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    After reading this article I naturally begin to wonder can the same be said of ATRs?
    http://www.native-languages.org/religion.htm

    Can I sit up in my living room with no connection to any afro-centric spiritual community and practice true African spirituality based on what I've read on the internet or in a RUNA book?

    In light of the posts I left in Love Unknown's thread this question may not seem to make a lot of sense. But for the sake of discussion and exploring our ideas I think it's one that should be asked.
     
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    I must say NO.

    There is that old saying about It take a Village to raise children so this is an impossibility without a Spiritual COMMUNITY.

    Remember, COMMUNALISM is a basic lifestyle amongst numerous Traditional, African societies/cultures.
     
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    MenNefer Well-Known Member MEMBER

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    Alkhemy

    The proof is in the puddin. :angel1:
     
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    As far as I am concerned, "systems of religion" are to Spirituality as "systems of educaton" are to Learning: they both get in the way and twist things.
    "African Spirituality", like "Native American Spirituality", would require that one immerse oneself within that cultural community. One will not find "THE Answer" studying what has been written about the subject. One can, hopefully, find enough fuel for thought to help one to find one's own SpiritualSelf.
    On the other hand, there is only InnerSpirituality (IS): Spirituality is that "Primordial Forest" that gets lost in the "religionistic truthiness" of their particular brand of the "One True Tree". "Native"/"Traditional" "systems of belief"/"religions" do their best to "articulate that which is beyond articulation", but when they are all boiled down to their "Essence" they are all talking about that same "Forest".

    Like that "Axe of Knowledge", "it's in there": both can only be found within the "skin sack" we are born into which contain ALL the tools that will EVER be needed to deal with ANYthing ever encountered in ANY environment that that skin sack can get to.

    BTW; interesting website link - thanks! Something like that would look very cool in an African flavor!
     
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    In other words spirituality is the source and the system is the resource. While I may not have the resource I still have the Source.
     
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    and it betta be a good'n
     
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    Hey brotha Omo,

    I feel that what you are saying is correct. The energy of community is what keeps people in the Church even when they know they are being taught wrong.
     
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    MenNefer Well-Known Member MEMBER

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    Wow ..I dig that...The community can actually stunt the individuals growth.

    The individual could become a reckless jauggernaut left to his own resources .

    Gotta be some Sma Taui...some Flail and Crook...Yin and Yang eveeeeeen :spin:
     
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    Trust in Your Wisdom, river! Like I told the band as we were riding to bumpershoot and speaking on the strengths of my cousin: "The song ain't "help me susan", now is it?"
    "The Axe is Sharp with this One!" "You ARE the Source!" ... oh ... :laugh: star wars? `scuse!
     
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    Yeah sista River,

    It's also why some people JOIN the Church even though they may think that doing so goes against their own personal "beliefs".

    Like me joining my daughter's church in Atlanta last month.

    http://www.blessingsoffaith.org/events.htm
    (This is the Houston branch)
     
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