(Essay Part 3) Iyami and the Female Roots of Power in the IfaOrisha Tradition by Ayele Kumari, PhD

Ayele Kumari

Ayele Kumari

Invocation Libation African Goddess

In the name of the Great Mother Divine who comes as the Goddess within in all forms I call your names:

IyaMiAjeOshoronga, Mother Creator
IyaNla, the great mother
Nut, Maat, Auset, Sekhert, Hethert of Kemet
Sati, Shekmet, Anuke Shu of Nubia
Nana Baruku, primordial Mother of the Fon
MamiWata
NaneEsi, Nana Soonkwa, Mami Sika, Abenasika, AsaseYa of the Akan Continue reading

(Essay Part 2) Iyami and the Female Roots of Power in the IfaOrisha Tradition by Ayele Kumari, Ph.D.

Palm Nuts

Palm Nuts

An OponIfa and Odu binary language

Ifa utilizes palm nuts and a divination chain called Opele to secure answers or Odu. The entire system is extremely feminine in nature in that the diviner sits on a mat symbolizing the weaving found in the fabric of existence. The initiation itself takes the person through a process that includes a river rebirthing, a red feather at the third eye, symbolizing menstrual blood, among others. Male initiates actually receive an artificial womb called Odu to awaken the female intuitive process within that will support their ability to divine and bring balance to their lives. The diviners sit with legs spread open as if giving birth with an OponIfa between their legs. It is a round wooden divination Continue reading

(Essay Part 1) Iyami and the Female Roots of Power in the IfaOrisha Tradition by Ayele Kumari

AK 3IyaMi (pronounced EeYa Me) are the collective ancestral mothers of Africa both in primordial form as forces of nature, as well as our biological ancestral mothers. The word itself means my mother. These mothers are expressed through the elements on Mother Earth whom we call Onile in the IfaOrisha tradition. Through women’s relationship with the land, they became masters of trade as they owned the marketplace since goods came from the Continue reading

(Meet Mago Contributor) Ayele Kumari PhD

Ayele Kumari

Ayele Kumari

Over 25 years of experience in Healing and in Indigenous knowledge systems. 15 years as a college professor… an author of 3 books and publisher of 15 books. Offers a dynamic blend of western and indigenous training from common sense mother wit to high spiritual science. Offers retreats, lectures workshops and personal training and mentoring. Mother of 4 adult children, 2 cats, a dog, bird and fish. Grandmother of 5. Lives in St. Louis, Mo.

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