For more information about our shrine and our work, please visit our website, Claude Steele’s 1988 Self-Affirmation Theory, No, I Don’t Want You To Tell My Daughter About Jesus, The Day I Decided Not to Grieve My Father. In fact, the power of (positive) self-affirmation is not only backed by Vodu but also by science. Water is of major importance to all living things; in some organisms, up to 90% of their body weight comes from water.
I thank you for my family (you can name one by one if you wish) I thank you for my community (you can name then one by one if you wish) I thank you for my comrades (you can name them one by one if you wish) I thank you for my elders (you can name them one by one if you wish) I thank you for….
“Pour libation for your father and mother who rest in the valley of the dead… Do not forget to do this even when you are away from home. Libation gives the people the chance to pay homage and offer prayers to God, gods, ancestors, the dead, and the divinities. She has been initiated into the ancient West African spiritual tradition of IFA for 9 years. Water is life, we are water and our world is water. RBG BLAKADEMICS July, 2010 Ancestral Libation THE COMPANION VIDEOTo all our ancestors of antiquity, who developed great knowledge and gave civilization to the world. (you can add anything else you are thankful for), Forgive us for the harm we do onto you (you can name the earth, the water, other beings, nature overall) Forgive me for the harm I do to myself Forgive us for the harm we do to one another, Protect me (us) from death Protect me (us) from sickness Protect me (us) from litigation Protect me (us) from loss Protect me from the hands of ….
You say: May it be so! Step 4: While pouring the liquid, pray to the Creator of the universe (God), nature, and spirits you want to or are working with. Paid for in part by Mijente PAC, 734 W Polk St., Phoenix, AZ 85007, not authorized by any candidate or candidate’s committee. Repeat while you chant each one of the phrases that follow. You face east because this is where the Sun rises from every morning and you want your prayers to be heard just like how the Sun rises. We are all spiritual beings having a material experience. When you are done with your prayers, say Atse (pronounced Ache) which translates to, “it must happen” in the Ewe language to affirm your prayer. You can also do a libation at any time of the day except around noon when the Sun is at its highest point in the sky. There are other ways to offer a libation but this is what I have been taught by my elders.
If you have been initiated into a Vodu, it is also possible for you to pour the liquid on them directly (if they take alcohol). RBG Ancestral Libation and Ancestor's Prayer 1. Close out the libation with call and response 3 times.
We must maintain our own coolness to think clearly, calmly and strategically and for our own wellbeing, that of the collective, and that of mother earth. (add any others you wish to give praise to), I thank you for allowing me to wake up this morning I thank you for my breath I thank you for my body I thank you for my journey I thank you for those who brought me into the world I thank you that all basic necessities are met on a daily basis—(sunlight, water, the food on my table, the clothing on my back, my home, my mobility, my job….)
I have personally found it very productive to say my personal or professional goals for the day or week during my libations to set my mind in the right frame before my day begins. After asking for positive things, you can also ask for protection against negative things, including death, illness, poverty, bad luck, or enemies. Step 5: Now transfer the glass to your left hand and offer a libation to your ancestors. Libations can be done before a ritual or conversation, whether at a protest or in your home, your office, a meeting, or other spaces that may be part of your daily life or community space or events. Make sure to physically say your wishes by whispering or speaking out loud. Common things to ask for are long life, prosperity, happiness, wealth, or the fulfilment of your destiny (known in Ewe as Se). (You will need to frequently change the sand because it can get smelly with time). Ase!To all our ancestors who were fortunate to be buried on the soil of Alkebu-lan (Africa) ourmotherland.
Step 2: Pour water or liquor in a glass, mug, or plastic cup. (add anything else you pray for including people).
I give praise to the universe I give praise to mother earth I give praise to all of nature and its beings I give praise to all my guiding spirits I give praise to my ancestors I give praise to all that came before me in this struggle I give praise to my elders I give praise to all those who have cared for me, protected me, guided me and loved me I give praise to…. Libation is defined as “ an amount of alcoholic drink or water poured out in honour of a god or a dead relation.” In modern society, although this sacred practice is not as prevalent among contemporary Africans, we see some Diasporan Africans (or African Americans) make reference to this tradition by “pouring one for the (deceased) homies” with a bottle of liquor in popular culture. For as you do for your parents, your children will do for you also" OMI TUTU (May the water be cool and refreshed, ONA TUTU (may the road be cool and refreshed), ILE TUTU (May the house; the home be cool be cool and refreshed), TUTU LAROYE (May a calm messenger proceed all our prayers), OLODUMARE AJUBA IKU MBELESE (God I (WE) give homage, I (WE) salute the ancestors that sit at your feet) MOPEO (I call you) ASE (So be it), OLODUMARE, IBAYE BAYE TONU (We give praise to the Owner of existence) MOPEO (I call you) ASE (So be it), IBASE OLOJO ONI (I call upon and give praise to the owner of this day) MOPEO (I call you) ASE (So be it), IBASE ORUNMILA ELERIN IPIN IBIKEJI OLODUMARE (I call upon and give praise to Orunmila, the witness to all choice of destiny, second only to Olodumare, and Owner of 256 Odus) MOPEO (I call you) Ase (So be it), IBASE OSETURA OSETURA OSETURA (I call upon and give praise to the messenger of all our prayers) MOPEO (I call you) ASE (So be it), IBASE ESU (I call upon and give praise to Baba Esu, the road opener) MOPEO (I call you) ASE (So be it), IBASE OGUN (I call upon Ogun, the path opener) MOPEO (I call you) ASE (So be it), IBASE IMALE (I call upon and give praise to all the Ancestors that preceded the birth of those that came into the world, I praise all the energies of the North, South, East and the West directions) MOPEO (I call you) ASE (So be it), IBASE ORISA (I call upon and give praise to all the ancestors that have escaped the wheel of reincarnation) MOPEO (I call you) ASE (So be it), IBASE ARIKU BABA WA (Deathlessness is the Father of Character, I call upon and give praise to GOOD CHARACTER) MOPEO (I call you) ASE (So be it), IBASE GBOGBO EGUN WA (I call upon and give praise to all the ancestors of Good Character) MOPEO (I call you) ASE (So be it), IBASE OMO AIYE (I call upon and give praise to the all the children of the world) MOPEO (I call you) ASE (So be it), IBASE ONILE (I call upon and give praise to the earth that which supports us, the ancestors that supports us when we walk this world) MOPEO (I call you) ASE (So be it), IBASE OLOKUN (I call upon and give praise to Olokun, the essence of all things that comes from the debts of the sea, the spiritual Orisa that supports all Black folks in the Americas) MOPEO (I call you) ASE (So be it), IBASE ASE ASE SE O (As I pay homage to the Ancestors may my homage be confirmed). Use a small bowl and put half a cup of water in it. Step 1: Be barefoot and face East. For as you do for your parents, your children will do for you also…”- From The Papyrus of Ani dating around the 13th century BC in Ancient Egypt. Libations are an age-old practice by many indigenous peoples across the globe. Do not forget to do this even when you are away from home. May mother earth be cool May our guiding spirits be cool May our ancestors be cool May my (our) heads be cool, May conversations be cool My the day be cool May our movement be cool May my (our) comrades be cool May those who want to harm me be cool May this day be cool May……(add any other thing, situation, event, etc you want to bring coolness to).
Mention the names of those you wish to offer the libation to and thank them for your life. She is committed to building transformative organizing and movement building strategies that incorporate healing, culture, and ancestral practices for collective liberation. Ensure the water is room temperature or cold (do not use hot water) Dip your index finger into the water and drop a few drops of water onto the ground while chant the first phrase below “May the earth be cool”.
TUTU LAROYE (May a calm messenger proceed all our prayers) OLODUMARE AJUBA IKU MBELESE (God I (WE) give homage, I (WE) salute the ancestors that sit at your feet) MOPEO (I call you) ASE (So be it) OLODUMARE, IBAYE BAYE TONU (We give praise to the Owner of … Group responds: Surely shall it be! In traditional communities even today, it is common for people to use a mixture of water and cornflour (called Dzatsi) as well. Step 3: Hold the glass, mug, or plastic cup in your right hand and start pouring the drink on the earth directly. Similarly, when we get “hot headed” as individuals or loose our cool, we don’t think clearly, we allow emotional challenges to take over such as anxiety, anger, frustration, self-doubt, etc. It is the act of putting cool water or alcohol on the earth/ground to attract coolness into our spaces and to ourselves. Up to 60% of the human adult body is water. Several empirical scientific studies (Claude Steele’s 1988 Self-Affirmation Theory) have shown that self-affirmation can boost self-esteem, encourage positive behavioural change, and rid negative thoughts in an individual. For it is through …
The pouring of libation to the gods is another way of saying ‘thank you’ to the gods for all that they have done for them and to ask them for more help and guidance. You can also ask them to manifest positivity in your life or protect you from negativity as you did in Step 4. When doing this, visualize all the things you wish to manifest for yourself. During libation, it is important to be very specific and clear about the positive things you want and when you want to see them manifest. “Pour libation for your father and mother who rest in the valley of the dead… Do not forget to do this even when you are away from home. The earth is 71% water.
"Pour libation for your Father and Mother who rest in the valley of the dead. (add any others you wish to give praise to) (Group) Your will to be, lives in me. From ancient times, Africans in traditions like Vodu have revered God, spirits in nature, and their ancestors by offering libation. God will witness your action and accept it. For those indoors that ca not go outside, you can fill a small bucket or bowl with sand as a substitute. Reminding ourselves of our power, worthiness and our divinity can fortify us and the collective. In conducting animal sacrifice, wine is poured onto the offering as part of its ritual slaughter and preparation, and then afterwards onto the ash and flames. The concept of coolness is integral to the delicate balance of our planet, the rise of 1 to 2 degrees in temperature of the world’s ocean that hold 95% of the earth’s water has been catastrophic thus far (hurricanes, tsunamis, melting ice caps). Libation generally accompanied prayer. For liquor, if possible, the drink should be clear (not dark alcohol like whiskey or rum unless specified by the deity or ancestor) to ensure that your prayers are well-intentioned and pure. Mention the names of the deities and their secret incantations (gbesa) if you know them.
We are so much more than the terrible things that happen to us and so much more than what the systems of oppression, the oppressors and society tell us and reinforce about us.
I offer light and pour libation with respect and honor for all my ancestors whose names I know (say all the names that you know) and all the ones I don’t know to uplift and liberate their soul (s) in the name and light of the Almighty God. Francisca Porchas has organized in working class communities of color and immigrant communities for 15 years.
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