Which African spiritual traditions can you practice if I don’t know where in Africa your lineage is from?
Here is some ideas to help you on your journey.
Research and start learning about your country and links to Africa.
This could help you start looking into traditions that may have been used by your ancestors.
If you have access to elders from your family or community they may have some knowledge or clues to help you start learning.
As you learn, you can also begin practicing and see what works for you.
Even if you don’t know who your ancestors are, they know you.
Use some discernment, intuition, spirit guides and ancestral messages to help you on your journey.
Give it time, there is no rush to commit to one religion or spiritual tradition. It's ok to learn, explore, be curious.
I think it’s also ok if you are not fixed in one tradition because many people across Africa lived together for generations in the diaspora.
For example Jamaica received the highest number of enslaved people from 1) Nigeria, 2) Ghana, 3)Benin/ Togo. Also, other areas in Africa would also make up this mix.
The practices would have also been influenced by the indigenous Tainos and to also the colonisers beliefs.
All African spiritual traditions have broad commonalities and beliefs, with a different flavour due to language, landscape, culture ect.
Just because the trans Atlantic slave trade disrupted the lineage physically, it doesn’t mean spirit cannot be reclaimed.
Another modern day option is to take an ancestral DNA test as this can give you further help and add a piece to your history.
I would highly recommend this, not as a definitive answer, but as a reclaiming what has been taken for most of us.
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Afro spiritual researcher, yoga teacher, black feminist