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  • Paperback: 100 pages
  • Publisher: Athelia Henrietta PR (January 1, 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1890157112
  • ISBN-13: 978-1890157111
  • Product Dimensions: 8.9 x 6 x 0.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #269,148 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I was very disappointed with this book's contents.
No mas juegos
This "Your behind is not black enough" attitude is not only insulting, it is incorrect in the proportioning of ancestors.
Cubaking
NonAfricans hate to hear an African tell it like it is.
Amen Farel

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21 of 27 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 29, 2000
Format: Paperback
This book really opened my eyes and gave me a deeper appreciation for myself and the importance of ancesral communion. The book took a subtle and direct approach to African spiritualty in a way that one could easy digest. It was the epitomy of common since and quite easy to follow. I became engrossed as it keep my attention by giving step by step instuctions on how I could begin my own personal journey. By the time I completed the book I felt very comfortable with the subject and eager to do the work as the lessons provided.
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24 of 34 people found the following review helpful By El Brujo on October 12, 2002
Format: Paperback
I can not give this book five stars or recommend it to all, because simply it is not meant for all. What could have been a very beautiful introduction of African Egungun, Ancestor Veneration, took a few word twist that really feel heavy on my mind and I could not enjoy the book after this. It is not that I am trying to discredit Ifagbemi Babalawo, buy no means. I honestly give him my respects and reverences. But let me explain what made this potentially good book turn a bit sower for me.
I was born Puerto Rican, and though my Father is of Taino bloodline, I took on my mothers Spanish Castilian completion. This is also true to half of the Puerto Rican and Cuban population. Either you are a mix of Castilian bloodline, with either African or Carib bloodline, or any mix of the three. My Godparents in Ocha are both a married Cubans; my godfather like myself is of Castilian European background, and his wife my godmother is of predominantly African heritage. So upon their Ancestral boveda lies pictures of their parents together, pictures of handsome and beautiful Cuban Men and Women, and yes you se the mix of black, white, and Indio Taino in the pictures. These are the images of the Ancestors of my godparents. This is the way you will see many Cuban and Puerto Rican Ancestral Shrines, with pictures of Ancestors that come from different groups, but they are all venerated as one.
Know the book would have been a good read for many beginners, except for the Caucasian community who reads this book, and might find words of offense, as I did, and a few others of my White Latino brothers and Sisters, who have been worshipping the African Orisha ways since birth.
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful By K. Warner on August 6, 2004
Format: Paperback
I would recommend this book to any brotha or sistah...Ancestors are the key to get out of this mess...Much wisdom you can gain from your Ancestors.. I seen Ra Ifagbemi speak a couple of times, I never heard anyone break down Ifa like he does....give thanks peaceeee
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19 of 27 people found the following review helpful By "landofkam" on July 1, 2002
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Yeah there is some spiritism in this author's practice and a little bit of African Revisionist in there as well. But it doesn't make the book a bad book.
Unfortunately, a lot of people outside of the U.S. (and within) are not aware of the close kinship that the ancient Egyptians and the traditional African societies of the West of Africa have in common. This author recognized it and wrote about it.
Now, I am quite sure that some people don't like that because they are accustomed to having their own customs as it appears that the author is mixing traditions. But a careful study of what is actually being presented will give the reader a deeper understanding of ancestral honoring, the ethics surrounding becoming an ancestor to your own community and an understanding about how the ancients revered their ancestors.
No, if you are a purists it is not for you. But if you can open your mind, this book will be in the same vacinity as Awo Falokun's Iwapele.
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14 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Emmy Moon on July 10, 2012
Format: Paperback
It was hard trying to get through this book even though its only 46 pages of information because the authors view that some how we are not all equal or that we all SHOULD NOT follow the ritual ancestor reverence in this book if we are NOT people of color or as he referred over and over in this book to as "the Pale ones", "pale boy" , "redneck colonizing deceased spirits" Ect. I wanted to throw it away at times to be honest. I truly believe that ALL of us humans come from Africa if we look through our DNA there is proof of this no matter what our color is we all are of African decent. PLEASE VIEW THE NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC VIDEO ON YOUTUBE CALLED "THE HUMAN FAMILY TREE" IF YOU WANT HARD PROOF AND RESEARCH. The only reason why I gave this book 2 stars and not 1 is because, I do agree on his methods on shire setup, care for the shrines and how offerings should be made to the Eguns/ Ancestors. One thing that stood out that was a bit odd was how he had a vision from the Ancestors and believed that not until 1,000,000 Afrikan Amerikans had the strength to embrace their Ancestors traditionally would they begin to see there true blessings in the political and social arena upon them from heaven. He calls this the "Re-Call Project" I pray for this man that he can embrace all people no matter what their color might be and may he elevate and see that we are ALL brothers and sisters no matter what the color of our skin might be.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By ceecee on December 2, 2011
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The strange thing about this purchase, is that, I wasn't actively searching for this book but stumbled across it while looking for other books, and something said buy it.

I could have cried when I read it, it was just what I was looking for. I was already practising some of his methods, as they have always been practised in my family, but needed guidance in certain areas.

This book clarified a lot of things for me and also answered other questions I had been pondering on.

I would definetley recommend this for those who are attempting to connect with their ancestors and unsure how to proceed, or those wanting to find the correct way of doing so. Was worth every penny and more.

This is a short book but my is it powerful

Thank you so much for this book brother Babalawo
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