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Ritual to Honor the River and Local Earth w/ Visiting Yorùbá Elder (Asheville, NC)

September 24 @ 10:30 am - 1:00 pm EDT

Ifá/Òrìṣà tradition is the mostly widely practiced traditional African religion on Earth with millions of devotees in Nigeria, Togo, and Benin as well as in the African Diaspora (e.g., Cuba, Brazil, Trinidad, United States). As visiting elder Olúwo Fálolú Adésànyà Awoyadé and family from Òdè Rẹ́mọ, Ogun State, Nigeria completes their first visit to Asheville, NC we are happy to offer inclusive ritual to give offerings and praise to the French Broad River and the Earth under our feet here in Asheville.

In the Yoruba cosmology, this ritual appreciation of elder elemental forces will give emphasis to Oshun, a river deity, and Onile, one name for the Earth Mother. We’ll gather near the main entrance to French Broad River Park (just beyond the public restrooms/main parking lot) from 10:30am-1pm (please arrive on time). All welcome by donation ($30 suggested, no one turned away, all goes to Oluwo and family), family friendly, no knowledge of Yorùbá traditions required. Please bring anything you need to sit comfortably on the Earth for a bit and (optionally) a piece of fruit for offerings or even a bottle of nice gin as a gift for Oluwo (again, totally optionally on those). Thanks!