What is Afro-Cuban Orisha Worship?

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Afro-Cuban Orisha Worship, or Lucumí, is an African diasporic religion that is rich in culture and beauty. The Orishas are like demi-godforms who interact with us here on earth and intercede for humanity with Olodumare or God in the journey through life. They teach through stories and divination. They are honored in song and dance. Visit William Blake Lodge July 13-14 as Brother Jeren (an Olocha of 15 years) shares his knowledge of this practice and a bit of his own journey with the Orishas.

Saturday will begin with a small ceremony asking the Ancestors for blessings and opening to learn about this dynamic practice. Afterward will be a group discussion of to incorporate the honoring of the Ancestors in personal practices, setting the tone for a look at some history about the Orishas in the New World and specifically Cuba. Throughout the day the group will talk about the Orishas, their stories, cosmology, stories, divination, and, if there is time, some song and dance. How do any of these concepts correlate to Thelema? All of these discussions are welcome.

Sunday will be individual divination sessions for those from Saturday who are interested. Readings run about an hour, though sometimes longer. Saturday lunch is provided.

You may read more and/or register at the William Blake Lodge website.


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