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ritual is meant to Elevate you and your Ancestral
past to the dead.
1st you will need these items to complete the
7 household stick candles of different colors ( no
black, but white is one of them)
A plain clear or white bowl ( size of a cereal bowl)
7 patio round bricks ( the ones that are about 12
inch in diameter)
7 different colors of paint to color the bricks (
again no black)
21 fruits 3 each of one kind
A basket that is large enough to hold all fruits
Plenty of time to prepare all things
Before beginning you want to paint each patio brick
on both sides and dry completely, example white,
red, blue, light green, pink, purple, orange ect..
you pick the colors.
once you have all dried and painted you can begin,
decide which brink you will start with. The night
before you must go to a fruit market and pick 3
fruits of the same, ( oh 3 oranges).
When you arise in the morning get yourself awake and
get ready to start.
Now go in front of your ancestral altar and say
your prayer or invocation to the good God, then
repeat your ancestral prayer and make sure you
included the water ancestors also as your conclusion
explain to them of your intent and your spiritual
elevation and give thanks.
Spill a little holy water 3x's on the ground in
front of you and then bless your rosary ( I like to
say 3 Our Fathers and 1 Hail Mary ) as I do this.
Place your colored brick in front of you in front of
our altar on the ground, next take 1 piece of fruit
and begin cleansing your self from head to toe,
place fruit in the basket you have set in front of
your altar near the brick, then repeat placing the 3
fruits in the basket. Place 1 candle that is the
color of your brick on the brick and then place the
bowl of water next to it, light your candle and
begin speaking to your ancestors and about the
elevation and then take a few moments of quiet and.
Thank them and then back a way. This is to be
repeated for the 6 next days as the 1st day we just
did. Good Luck and wait for your dreams and life to
take a new light on.
At the end once you have finished you will have a
basket full of fruits, they will go to the woods and
left at a tree or to a river and left at the bank
side. Those beautiful colored patio bricks will sit
in front of your ancestral altar. You can do this
anytime you feel during the years or years to come
Our African Ancestors, knowing that we are born from
the watery maternal womb, also believe that we
emanated from the cosmic womb.
Prayer (After pouring libation):
"Divine Water Ancestors of Light, I thank you for
how you have paved the way and given me
counsel at times known and unknown to me for my
benefit. Please continue to guide me with
your wisdom along my journey. As you have given
energy to me, I, in turn, give energy to you
for your continued evolution in the upper realms.
(Chant "Ankh" three times.)
Tua (Thank you).
Ashe, ashe, ashe (I give you power)
African Water Spirits (Guardians, Orisha, Loa, etc.)
are as multi-faceted as the various forms of water,
and are known by many names:
Nu. Nut. Tefnut. Mu. Meh Urt. Djehuti. Hapi. Heqet.
Het Hru. Nefertum. Ua (Asar). Uati (Ast).
Rennu (Hru). Satet. Iem Akhu. Iem Udja. Yemoja.
Yemaya. Olokun. Oshun. Oxala.
Obatala/Yemmu. Oya. Nommo. Denzu. Mweru. La Sirène.
Simbi. Cymbee. Erzulie. Agwe.
Damballa Wedo. Aida Wedo. La Baleine. Gran Ibo.
Madame La Lune. Mamaissii. Mama
Tchamba. Madame Poisson. Mamba Muntu. Mami Wata. Mae
de Agua. Agbe. Naete.
Amakhosi. Chitapo. Nakamwale. Bapuka. Itoshi.
Nyaminyami. Maloa. Lengolengole. Funkwe.
Nsanguni. Solomoni. Chilengwa. Sung'unyi. Mulombe.
Inkosazana. Amandlozi. Enjusu. Njusu. Njuzu.
Although the names differ, all Ancestral Water
Spirits share the common purpose of driving us
toward living in the highest element of ourselves by
encouraging us to face the darkest aspects of our
beings. They only choose to work with those who are
strong in character and humble in spirit in order to
develop them into divine shamanic vessels for
You will need a glass of water, a white candle and a
plate. When you bow, bow by just slightly bending
your knees and coming right back up, still facing
forward. Face East and light the candle. Take the
glass of water and the lit candle and raise them
while announcing to the spirits, Spirits of my
ancestors, mother’s side, father’s side, love honor
respect! Drop a small quantity of water on the
ground then bow. Turn clockwise to the West and do
the same, then turn counter-clockwise to North, then
clockwise to South. After you are done, leave the
candle to burn out in the center of a plate, with
the glass next to it. If you are nervous to leave it
burning when you are not present, you can snuff it
then relight it later. Dump the water out and throw
away the wax when you are done. If you are
struggling with finances, you will find it
beneficial to place a fork, butter knife, and spoon
around the candle. Have the knife and fork touching
points, making the sides of the triangle, and lay
the spoon across the bottom to form the base. This
symbolizes that you need money to eat.
NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC on November 15 showed a special
on the ritual of Shrunken Heads
The head of the warrior is cut off, and later, in
the seclusion of his hut, the victor prepares it
into a lasting war trophy, attaching to it the
significance which the North American attached to
scalps. The skin is opened up from the base of the
neck to the crown, and the skull is removed entire,
leaving only the soft, pliant skin. The skull is
then discarded into the river and left as a gift to
the pani, the anaconda.
The skin is now dipped into a vegetable extract
which dyes it a blue-black and probably has some
action preservative, and then the cut skin is sewed
up along the neck to restore the head to its
The cavity is filled with hot sand or pebbles, after
which the head is constantly turned and moved, so
that the drying goes on uniformly. When the sand has
cooled, hot sand takes its place, and this process
may last for several days before the head is
completely cured. Carefully, the eyes are sewn shut
with fine native fiber to prevent the warriors
spirit from seeking out revenge and the lips are
closed skewered with little wooden pegs and lashed
together to stop the soul from asking for his death
to be avenged. Finally shrinking to an unbelievable
degree takes place, but it is so regulated that the
features retain their individuality to a great
extent, and the finished head is about the size of a
Now here's the interesting part which I thought was
of a different approach to some beliefs of the
ancestors and a person soul.
Possessing the tsantsa (head) itself would benefit
the warrior's good fortune as well as please the
spirits of his ancestors. The warrior could expect
the spirits of their dead relatives to bestow them
with good crops and fortune. Consequently, one could
anticipate corresponding misfortune if their murders
were not properly avenged. The Jivaros ( tribe
group) gave much more thought to the harm that might
come to them through the ill will of the neglected
ghosts, than they did to the malevolent actions of
More importantly, the reason behind the preparation
of the tsantsa is to paralyze the spirit of the
enemy attached to the head so that it cannot escape
and take revenge upon the murderer. This also
prevents the spirit or soul from continuing into the
afterlife where it could harm dead ancestors. When
the warrior kills his enemy, he is not only after
the victim's life, but more importantly he seeks to
possess the victim's soul. Acquiring trophies after
a battle, was also an instrument of increasing a
warrior's own personal power, known as arutam. The
idea behind killing the enemy and taking his head as
a trophy, brings the victim's arutam to the warrior.
The power of the dead man's soul is still considered
dangerous to the victorious tribe and therefore the
motive behind shrinking the head of the enemy is to
conquer and destroy the spirit or soul.