Black Spirituality Religion : The Importance of Ase

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  1. Sekhemu

    Sekhemu Well-Known Member MEMBER

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    By WombanAuset

    Ase is a force that assures dynamic existence that permits events to unfolds. Ase is thought to be "held" by Esu, indeed Ase is Esu. Esu and Orunmila work hand in hand, and nothing can be accomplished without the aid of Esu. Without Ase existence would be paralyzed, and devoid of all possibility of realization. It is the principle that makes possible the vital process. Like all force, Ase is transmissible, and is conducted by material and symbolic means, and it is able to be accumulated. It is a force that can only be acquired by introjections or by contact. It can be transmitted to objects or to human beings. The Yoruba term Nago means an invisible force, a magical-sacred force of all divinity, and of all things. But this force does not appear spontaneously, it MUST BE TRANSMITTED. All objects, beings, or consecrated places exist only through the acquistion of Ase. It is understood that the Ile, it's material contents and initiates must receive Ase, Accumulate it, maintain it, and DEVELOP IT.

    In order that the Ile, Nzo, Terreiro possess and to fulfill its functions, it must receive Ase. The Ase is planted and then transmitted to all the elements that integrate the Ile, Nze, Terreiro.

    The principle of Ase and force is neutral. It can be transmitted and applied to diverse finalities, or realizations. The combination of the material and symbolic elements that contain and express the Ase of the terreiro varies more from tht which characterizes each orisha or the ancestors. The quality of the Ase varies according to the combination of the elements that it contains and carries. Each one of them is a transporter of a cargo of energy, of a power that permits determined realities.

    Once the Ase is planted in Terreiro or Ile, it expands and fortifies itself, combining the qualities and signification of all the elements of that which it is composed.

    a) The Ase of each Vodun, Orisha, Nkisi is planted in the Peji (altar) of the hounfo (Ile-orisha), and realized through the offerings and of ritual action, transmitted to its olorisha by the intermediary of initiation and activated by the individual.

    b) The Ase of each member of the Ile, Nzo, Terreiro that adds to that of its orisah received in the decorum of the initiation, of his individual destiny, the Ase that he/she shall accumulate in the interior, the inu that he/she shall revitalize through the rites of ibori (offering to the head) To which is added the ase inherited from the ancestors.

    c) The Ase of the forefathers of the Ile nzo hounfo, the illustrious dead, whose power is accumulated and ritually maintained in the seats of the ile ibo.

    Ase like all forces can be diminished or augmented. These variations are determined by the scrupulous observation of the duties and the obligations, which are rules by the doctrine and liturgical practices (Iwa Pele/Maat), of each holder of the the ase.

    We can in this practice, enunciate one of the Ifa system: to each spiritual or abstract element there corresponds a material, or corporal representation. The force of Ase is contained and trasmitted though certain material elements of certain substances. The Ase contained and transferred by these substances are the beings and the objects maintained and renewed in them power of realization.

    Ase is contained in a great variety of representative elements from the animal, vegetable and mineral kingdoms, whether they are from the water (salt or fresh), the earth, of the forest, of the unoccupied land or the urban spaces. The Ase is contained in the essential substances of each one of the beings, animated or not, simple or complex, that composes the world.

    The element carriers of the Ase can be grouped in three categories:

    1. red blood
    2. white blood
    3. black blood

    1. The red blood comprehends;

    A) elements from the animal kingdom: menstrual discharge, human or animal bold.

    B) The red blood of the vegetable kingdom; epo, palm oil, osun honey and the blood of flowers.

    C)The red blood provided by the mineral kingdom; copper, bronze etc. yellow is a variety of red as green and blue are varieties of black.

    II. the white blood comprehends

    A) the white blood of the animal kingdom; the semen, saliva, breath, the secretions, plasmas

    B) the white blood of the vegetable kingdom; the sap, the juice, alcohol and white drinks extracted from the palm tree and from some vegetables, the iyerosun, ori (shea butter)

    C) white blood originating from the mineral kingdom: salt, chalk, silver, lead, etc...

    III. the black blood comprehends.

    A) the animal kingdom; ashes of animals

    B) the vegetable kingdom; the juice of certain vegetables: ilu, indigo extracted from different types of trees, it is a preparation at the base of th ilu. Also a dark blue powder called Waji

    C) the mineral kingdom provides: coal charcoal, iron, etc...

    By extension, there are places, objects, or parts of the body that are impregnated with Ase; the heart, liver, the lungs, the genital organs, the roots of plants, the leaves, river beds, stones, teeth, bones, ivory, etc...

    To receive Ase meanst to incorporate the symbolic elements that represent the vital and essential principles of all that which exists, in a particular combination that individualizes and permits a determined signification. It is an endeavor to incorporate all that which constitutes the aiye and the orun, this world and the world beyond.

    Ase is a power of realization, transmitted through a particular combination, that contains material and symbolic representation of the black, red and white of earth and of heaven (orun).

    Ase corresponds to the Arabic Baraka, to the Mana of the melanesian and polynesian, the Ordenda of the Iroquois, to the manitou of the Algonquin. The Ase of the Vodun is the power that he or she exercises over the Vodun. The Ase of the Azeto is the power that he exercises over persons not immunized against amulets; The Ase of the Bokonon (Babalawo) extends over the entire world.

    Two persons, at least, are dispensable for the initiatic transmission . The Ase and the knowledge pass directly from one being to another, NOT BY EXPLANATION or LOGICAL RATIONALIZATION, on a conscious and intellectual level, but by the transference of a complex code of symbols in that dyanamic relation constituting the most important mechanism. The transmission is effectuated through gestures; spoken words accompanied by bodily movement, with the breathing and the breath that gives live to inert material and attain the most profound plane of the personality.

    If the word acquires such power of action, it is because it is impregnated with Ase pronounced with the breath. The existential vehicle-with saliva, the temperature; it is a favored word, vivid, accompanied by modulations, emotional weight, and the personality of the power it evokes. In the cycle of initiation of the novice, one of the fundamental rites is the (abrir a fala) opening of the mouth, (Note this ritual is performed on the deceased by the Sem priest in Kemet), which consist in placing a special Ase in the mouth and above the tongue of priest/priestess in training (Iyawo/Vodunsi), that shall permit voice of the vodun Orisha, Mpungu to manifest during possession. The divinity shall emit a cry, or a particular sound that shall characterize knowledge under the name of Ke. The ke is distinctive for each vodun, orisha, mpungu and for each ancestor.

    (Abir a Fala), open the mouth to speak, will permit the divinity to enter into communication with men. The ke is the synthesis and an affirmation of individualized existence.

    The sound resulting from dyanmic interaction, conducts the Ase, and consequently actuating it, appears with all its symbolic contents in the ritual instruments: Drums, agogo, sekere, sere, kala-kolo, ajaj, saworo, etc. It is evident that all of these instruments are prepared, that is to say, they are consecrated through the transmission of the appropiate Ase to the function for which they are destined. They receive a specific combination of substances and of words in which the three bloods represent.
     
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    Hotep,

    This is a very educational piece my brother and I thank you for taking the time to share it with us. Look forward to building with you further.

    Ase'
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    You're quite welcome.

    I'll have more to add shortly

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    Thanks!

    for your continued enlightenment!
     
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    You're more than welcome beloved!
     
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    That this can only be axquired by transmission troubles me. If a generation awakens and realizes their need for Aseee, how can they get it if all their parents and grandparents are.were christian.Is there not a governing or regulating force which guarantees that some channel no matter how small will alwaya be available for a coming generation
     
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    They never lost it in the first place, irrespective of the religious orientation of their parents and/or grand partents. Remember, Ase is something that must be cultivated and sustained, faciliated by the guidance of an initiated priest/priestess.

    When we talk about the transmission of Ase, this has everything to do with Ase being in balance. And it is for this very reason that we immerse ourselves in various rituals, employing consecrated objects in and outside of Iles (temples).

    The power (Ase) of Prayers, offerings and Libation all serve as a means of integrating and aligning our Ori (physical head/Conscious) to our Ipori or higherself in Orun (Heaven), thus enhansing Ase.


    Yes, that being one of the primary roles of Esu, and Oshun especially as it applies to women. I'll elaborate on this in depth a little later.
     
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