Thu, Nov 05|
Introduction to Understanding and Practicing Traditional African Religion
This series is going to give you an understanding and appreciation of Traditional African Religion and Philosophy as a guide for living. This week's topic: Understanding ancestors and deities.
Time & Location
Nov 05, 2020, 7:00 PM – 8:30 PM EST
About the event
This series is going to give you an understanding and appreciation of Traditional African Religion and Philosophy as a guide for living.
Bukor Nana Kwabena Brown is a traditional African priest trained and initiated in Ghana, West Africa to Asuo-Gyebi, Tegare, Tano, and Ifa (Afa). His first introduction to African religion was through Okomfohene and Omanhene Nana Yao Opare Dinizulu who brought the gods (abasom), and the Akan-Guan priesthood, to America. Bukor Nana Kwabena was initiated into the Akan-Guan spiritual practices and enstooled as the Chief Priest of The Asuo-Gyebi Shrine of Washington D.C. in 1973 by Okomfohene Nana Akua Oparebea. She was the chief priest of the abasom (spirit) Asuo-Gyebi of Larteh and the chief medium, possessor and carrier of the renowned spirit Nana Akonnedi.
Nana Akonedi is one of the three most dominant and powerful abasom (gods) in Ghana, West Africa. The others are Tano from Techiman and Wolemei from the lagoons and and ocean areas of Ghana around Accra. Bukor Nana underwent additional training and initiation in the Techiman, Brong Ahafo area of Ghana under Nana Kofi Dankoh the Okomfohene of the Tano river god Asuo-bonteng. He received initiations and from other of Nana Donkoh's priests family members which have embellished, enhanced, and deepened his knowledge and skills as a practitioner of traditional African religion. Part of Nana Kwabena's abasom Tegare belongs to Nana Akonnedi of Larteh and part belongs to Asuo-bonteng, the Tano god (obasom) of Techiman, Brong, Ahafo. In 2003 Bukor Nana Kwabena initiated into Afa (Ifa) with Togbui Komadah an Ewe of Ashiaman, Tema area of Ghana, West Africa. He has integrated the practice of Afa into his overall practice, understanding , usage and experiencing of African religion.
In addition to the above, Nana Kwabena has also developed himself scholastically and intellectually. In 1983 he received a Master's Degree in Religious Studies from the Howard University Divinity School. While there he did coursework in African religion and African philosophy. He has published articles on the Concept of God in Africa, The History of The Practice of African Religion in North America and the use of Herbology in African Religion. He is a priest, a teacher and a devoted guide for others seeking to gain understanding and appreciation of traditional African religious practices and philosophy.