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Recognition for ATR (African Traditional Religions) in Beyonce’s upcoming ‘How to Make Lemonade’

Culture, Ifa, Orisa, Spiritual Path / 08.08.20170 comments

Maximiliano Goiz, Beyonce fan and practitioner of an Afro-Cuban faith, has been quoted several times in media publications for his detailed, romantic and intriguing description of the Orisa Osun following the release of Lemonade, especially honing in on the albums “Hold Up” sequence. It seems his words may have even made it into the upcoming ‘How to Make Lemonade’ book, though if so, it was without his knowledge.

He can’t say for sure (“The book hasn’t been released yet,” he is quoted as saying), but like many of us practicing one of the various forms or descendants of African Traditional Religions, he is just ecstatic to see mainstream recognition for our often unrecognized practice.


Given that Beyonce’s upcoming book is 600 pages, I’m sure we will get to see more of the influence of African Diaspora religions that maybe didn’t make it into the visual album.

All the African influences in Beyoncé’s visual album, Lemonade, explained

(Fun fact: Maximiliano Goiz is quoted in this article from Ventures Africa, too)


Ebo for the new year

Culture, Images, Tradition / 02.03.2016

Every June, the Odu of the year is pulled in Ile-Ife on behalf of the world. Though we in the Disapora do follow the word of this Odu, many groups, ours included, also pull an Odu for the new year at the end of December or beginning of January. Late post, but below are a few photos performing the ebos for the new year, mid-January 2016.

Throwing kola nut to Egbe.

Throwing kola nut to Egbe, checking to see if all is accepted, and it is – Ejife.

Offerings to Egbe,

Offerings to Egbe – Egbe takes fruits like banana and sugarcane, as well as candies, honey, gin…

Obi abata - kola nut divination

Obi abata – kola nut divination

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