Why Embracing Traditional African Spirituality Is Actually Very Christian

Many of us who try reclaiming traditional African spiritual practices are taught we should feel ashamed or even fear these practices. But our ancestors preserved these practices for a reason. And all in the name of Christianity.

Why Embracing Traditional African Spirituality Is Actually Very Christian
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“Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom.” - 2 Corinthians 3:17.

When we embrace Spirit we embrace freedom. But sometimes that’s easier said than done.

Enslavers forced enslaved Africans to adopt Christianity, but over time our ancestors found love, guidance, and God within the religion. Most importantly, they realized it was God calling them toward freedom.

But by embracing Christianity’s God, were they forced to abandon their traditional practices, deities, and spirit guides?

Many enslaved Africans preserved their spiritual practices within Christianity. Yoruban’s who worshiped Yemonja, Orisha of the Ocean and “Mother Of All,” often referred to her as the Virgin Mary.

They did this so they could worship their deities in plain sight without facing harsh punishments. This allowed them to abundantly tap into Spirit.

Anti-Blackness wants us to feel afraid or ashamed of embracing our ancestors' traditional practices. But we’ve been finding empowerment within these practices AND Christianity for generations.

Only you get to decide what spirituality looks like for you.

Which religious practices make you feel close to Spirit? Which feel forced? Is it possible to let these go to create more room for Spirit?

Making room for Spirit only works to welcome more abundance and freedom into our lives.

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