Afro-Brazilian Umbanda devotees pouring libation as way of reaching their ancestors
Umbanda is a syncretic religion that incorporated Catholicism, Native South American beliefs and Kardecism — French spiritualism — into the African possession cults that survived Jesuit extermination. The origins of Umbanda go back to the Yoruban religion, brought to Brazil by the African slaves in the 16th century. This African religion, based on the channeling of deities who represent forces of nature while sharing, like the Greek gods, human passions, is the foundation for a variety of possession cults of which Umbanda is a later manifestation.
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The Andamanese tribe may today be seen as facing extinction and still consigned to the hinterlands of India where they suffer massive humiliation as a group of black Africans, but they are one of the original Africans (blacks) who inhabited Asia and the country India before the arrival of the Mangolians or so-called Asians. Out of India`s over 1 billion population, Andamanese population is now below 350. This special group of ancient African Indians and bona fide owners of India as a country will gradually fade out of the world if proper international humanitarian attention is not given to them.
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Top: Dogon woman winnowing millet. It has been pounded in a mortar to remove the husks.
Bottom: A woman in South Carolina winnowing chaff from grain using a fanning basket. Courtesy of the Georgia Department of Archives and History, Atlanta, Georgia.
Our schools don’t teach us how knowledge, traditions and culture from Africa are present in the Americas. I mean, they DO, but I swear it seems like they glance over or whisper the info to students. That’s why it’s important for our families and communities to relay this info to our youth and not depend on our schools to do so.