At your First side-eye Glance, you may think that they are in an ATR, ADR, Or Practice some type of African spiritualism, they are just Elders in the community no titles, no beads to show. Many Geechee/Gullah Elders or Southern Elders May not say African Spirituality or Palo, ATR, Or ADR.
But their traditions and ways are steeped in it.
But they knew an operated from an inner knowing.
Every year the Elders would trek to the sea dressed in white, heads covered with sweetgrass baskets filled with offerings, flowers or something small to give. I grew up not about the titles of priest or priestess, how many beads you had.
That worn-out Bible, Torah, Quran was the badges of thy honor.
The respect of standing in glory at all-night service was a badge of honor, the sweat on brow from praying and swaying in the spirit was worth more than any bead, trinket. Your prayer cloth was your Eleke. Obatala, Ta-la, O -Ba-Ba, Shun, Shun Or Shunie May sound Ghetto to you but they were and are more than nicknames given because the Orisha were in you and there was no way to show it they didn’t have beads to make necklaces and bracelets. They had their inner energy of the ancestors within
So, don’t Shun Black church, “The Praise House,” Holy Ghost shouting, Testfyin’ all night shut-in, that’s what made me in Hoodoo, Bible Study, Pled the blood. Jesus wasn’t seen as you know it today. I was never made to believe Jesus was a man in the sky coming to save me, and that’s all there is to it. I grew up in Southern Baptist Church.
They plead the blood of Jesus as they would honor the dead: Did Jesus not die to be rise again is he not an ancestor worthy of your praise. Don’t judge because you are all educated and intellectually higher now. Cause it was their prayers that got you there.
Every year several different types of the ceremony are held in several different places along the eastern coast of the US in places like Sullivan's Island they may not say it in your way, but they are saying and doing it.
So, ancestor honor isn’t new and yes, they been doing it in the Geechee/Gullah communities and southern hoodoo communities near Charleston and about Georgia, and all the Carolinas and beyond.
They may not have beads, fancy African names, they may have what you perceive as a ghetto nickname, or no Yoruba, they may be called Deacon Gary, or Sista Mary Ann, Or Mother Sally. But they grab each in hugs, speak in tongues, plead the blood to commemorate the Africans souls who have perished in the Middle Passage of the transatlantic human trade the way they know-how.
Just because you got titles and beads don’t mean they less Afro-Centric then you. It’s on what they do. Not only the title or what they wear.
I am proud of the Speaking in tongues, Holy Ghost filled, Testfyin, Fried Fish Sandwich, Pound Cake Sale, Building Fund Raising Church I came from.
One thing you ain’t never have to ask where the Pastor food at these New Age spiritualist at some places don’t even think to feed the Elders.
Saint Anthony Baptist Church Helped Me Get here, Pastor: Booker T McCollum.
Hoodoo Was In Church & Bible Study
Not on YouTube
I said what I said
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