Africa : THE 5 MAJOR AFRICAN INITIATION RITES...

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  1. Isaiah

    Isaiah Well-Known Member MEMBER

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    There are five major African initiation rites which are fundamental to human growth and development. These rites were originally established by African ancestors while they were living in order to link the individual to the community and the community to the broader and more potent spiritual world. Initiation rites are a natural and necessary part of a community, as are arms and legs natural and necessary extension of the human body. These rites are critical to individual and community development, and it should not to be taken for granted that people automatically grow and develop into responsible, community-oriented adults.

    The process of initiation concerns undergoing a fundamental set of rites to start a new phase or beginning in life. It marks the passing from one phase in life to the next more mature phase. Initiation fundamentally has to do with transformation, and has been a central component of traditional African cultures since time immemorial. The details of the rites vary among the different societies, but these rites are nevertheless basic components of the society as they help guide the person from one stage in life into the next stage of one’s life and development, that is, from birth to death and beyond.




    The five rites are birth, adulthood, marriage, eldership, and ancestorship. A rite is a fundamental act (or set of rituals) performed according to prescribed social rules and customs. Each of these rites are a key component that are a part of traditional African cultures. Some societies have more elaborate and extensive ceremonies than others, but these five themes are the thread that links families and villages in traditional Africa and provide the necessary structure for individual growth and development. The 5 rites briefly described below represent an integrated initiation system that has given indigenous African cultures the stability and longevity to provide a model of consistency and inter-generational unity. They represent a complete set of devices that prevent the inherent conflicts between various age groups or the systematic ill treatment of women, children, or elders. These problems are commonplace in western cultures, but they are virtually unknown in indigenous African cultures. These African cultures were not “perfect” as all human societies have problems, but they do provide a viable example in the modern world of how to solve social conflicts and contradictions and give individual the societal support to discover and fulfill their life mission and unique contribution.


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    Thank you, Brother for posting this.

    Ase!
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    Excellent information and thank you, Brother Isaiah!

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    each and every rites means a lot ....thankz for sharing this info along
    every man / woman should read this .
     
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    For sure!
     
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    Wow! THIS is WONDERFUL! :toast:

    This shows how it is relative to today's African American communities.

    Now, if we could only figure out how to start implementing/applying these rites. Yes, even family-by-family would be a start!



    Wow, I loved this! Thank you for sharing it!
     
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    Wow, Nice. I can't add a thing , I'm afraid. Excellent infomation. We all can gain if we exercise and practice these rites daily. ^5 !!!
     
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