Learn About African Spirituality

African Spirituality is one of the most misunderstood concepts in our community.

Although they are a part of and come from African Spirituality, most religions do not teach their congregations how to achieve true ascension.

It is time for you to learn the truth about what our Ancestors taught.

 

Before Christianity, There Was African Spirituality...

As early as 100,000 years ago Africans began to use rituals to encode knowledge of the Sacred into their earthly cultures. And over thousands of years our Ancestors refined their knowledge and practices to guide us all closer to the truth.

Our articles attempt to bring the light of their knowledge back into a world that has forgotten the truth. Here are a few we suggest to those who are just coming into the light.

African Spirituality Podcasts

If you are walking a spiritual path, it is critical that you learn directly from the Master Teachers. Start with our interviews and Master Classes with the most powerful Sangomas, Teachers, Iyanifas, and Priestesses in our Community.

Baba Ashra Kwesi on African Spirituality

Ashra Kwesi

Master Teacher Ashra Kwesi is the Protege of Dr. Yosef Ben Jochannan and leads annual tours to Kemet.
Introduction To African Spirituality

Gogo Thule Ngane

Gogo Thule Ngane is a West African born Shaman and Sangoma Priestess who leads a global community of Seekers

Introduction To African Spirituality

Dr Phil Valentine

Dr. Phil Valentine is a Grand Master of the KeMetaphysical Sciences and founded the University of Kemetian Sciences.

Recommended African Spirituality Books

Introduction To African Spirituality

These African Spirituality books were chosen with the beginner in mind. You may notice that some books focus on non-African religions. These books bridge the gap between those religions and their African origins. 

African Spirituality FAQs

The best way to arrive at the right answers is by asking the right questions. Below you will find the top 5 most frequently asked questions about African Spirituality we receive. 

  • What Is African Spirituality?

    African Spirituality describes the constellation of practices developed over thousands of years by the original people of the planet. These practices include

    • Dahomean religion
    • Egungun
    • Elegua
    • and Kemetic Spirituality

    For the full list, see our article titled 4 Powerful Ways to Develop Your African Spirituality Now.

    When we use the term African religions, we are also referring to spiritual systems developed by Africans outside of the continent. These systems include:

    • The Nuwaubian movement
    • The Nation of Islam
    • The 5 Percenters (Nation of Gods and Earths)
    • Santeria
    • and Moorish Science Temple

    There are elements of truth in all of these spiritual systems. Your path could lie in any one of these – or none at all. It is therefore your mission to find the path that speaks to you the most truthfully, and then walk that path unapologetically!

  • How Old Is African Spirituality?

    While more research is needed, there is evidence that our African Ancestors performed rituals as long as 100,000 years ago. Red ochre and signs of burial rites were found in the Blombos Cave of South Africa, according to the Journal of Human Evolution

    Nearby, etched ostrich eggs found at Diepkloof shelter date back more than 50,000 years, showing a persistent culture with recognizable spiritual practices.

    In short, it can be said that African Spirituality is as old as 100,000 years.

     

  • How Do I Practice African Spirituality

    Practice Fasting For African Spirituality

    So much of your body’s focus is placed on digestion that it can deprive you of the energy that you need to explore the infinite within.

    That is why many spiritual traditions embrace fasting as a means of cultivating spiritual power.

    Fasting provides you with an opportunity to reflect, recharge, and renew. It is a time of self care that will give your body the chance to heal and perform even better than it did before.

    Each month, we observe a period of fasting as a Community and invite you to attend. If you want to learn more,  Here Is Your Full 2020 Fasting Plan For Developing African Spirituality.

    Communicate With The Divine

    It is possible to communicate with your Ancestors and with God without the need of third party. African Spirituality teaches that direct communion is not only possible, it is as natural as communicating with the living. When you call out in your heart to your Ancestors, you need only listen to the voices that call back to you to know the truth for yourself.

    And when you know the truth from within, you cannot be deceived from without.

    Meditate

    Meditation is one of the most important and easily accessible ways to practice African Spirituality. Meditation rewards practitioners with a sense of spiritual distance from illusions of the mind, emotional trauma, and even physical pain. While volumes could be written on the benefits of meditation, we have written a short article that explores the topic more thoroughly titled 5 Forms Of Meditation For African Spirituality And How To Do Them.
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    Learn The Spiritual Practices Of Your Ancestors

    If you truly intend to practice African Spirituality, we encourage you to learn what your Ancestors practiced on both sides. Why? Because Kemetic Science teaches us that there are 8 extensions of the human soul that connect our existence with the infinite, and your body is one of those extensions.

    And while the new field of epigenetics has revealed just how much of an impact your Ancestors have on your present behavior, African Spirituality has known for thousands of years that aspects of one’s spirit is passed down from generation to generation.

    Above all else, continue to learn and surround yourself with others on the same spiritual path as you.

  • Is African Spirituality Different From Religion?

    Yes. African Spirituality expresses a condition (peace, balance, enlightenment) whereas religion is a system designed to achieve a state of sublime spiritual being. Any religion that does not foster the spiritual growth of its congregation can not be considered a true religion and are better classified as dogmas or cults.

  • Why Have Africans Embraced Foreign Religions?

    The destruction of African Spirituality took more than 400 years to accomplish. The first foreign religion to displace traditional African beliefs was Islam. In 632 AD Arabs swept out of the Middle East and into the North African region called the Maghreb. These conquerors swept across Kemet (Ancient Egypt), into Libya, and supported the indigenous Moors of the region in their conquest of Portugal and Spain. However, in exchange for their support the indigenous Moors were required to convert to Islam.

    Fast forward to August 21, 1415 and Europeans enter the picture with the conquest of the Port of Ceuta. This would mark the first event in a series of conflicts fueled by resources that we call the Maafa. In order to bring Africans under European control, the Catholic church dispatched white Missionaries to convert our Ancestors to their alien religion.

    Initially our Ancestors embraced foreign religions out of convenience. For example in the Maghreb, non-Muslims were forced to pay heavy fines and faced systemic discrimination. And in European controlled regions, students were taught Christian dogma as part of their curriculum.

    As conflict between the white and Arab world came to a head during the Crusades, conversion out of convenience became compulsion. Arab Muslims and Christians began to demand that Africans convert to their side as a firewall to prevent the other side from gaining increased access to Africa’s resources.

    For those Africans enslaved and taken to foreign lands, the religion of their enslavers were forced on the Black masses. And out of fear for the lives of their children, those enslaved Black parents taught their children to practice the alien religion of their enslaver as a matter of survival. Whether it was out of convenience or out of compulsion, the result was the same – the destruction of African Spirituality.

    Africans today willingly participate in the destruction of their indigenous systems because both Islam and Christianity demand that so-called Believers take action against the so-called Heathen. This forces the African to choose sides or face violence from the opposing group. And since there are so few options (given 400 years of erosion), those who seek relief from spiritual pain or answers to our deepest questions are forced to turn to a foreign religion.