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Araaraara: Wondrous Inhabitor of Tunder

by John Mason

528 pages

Retail $35.00

ISBN 978-1-881244-12-7



A comprehensive exploration of the Sango Culture Complex from the dawn of mankind in southwest Africa to its dominating presense in both the West African and American diasporas is presented. Recent, revolutionary, cutting edge research in genetics and archeology informs the presentations in this book as well as the rethinking of commonly held views about items of cultural lore associated with Sango. A score of maps, many presented for the first time, 141 black and white portraits of Brasilian, Cuban, and American orisa priests, the majority printed for the first time, along with one 32 page, one 40 page black and white photo inserts and one 32 page color photo insert help to display the evidence for the reader to examine. Seventy songs sung to honor Sango and associated orisa in Bahia and Sao Paulo Brasil are presented in Yoruba, as sung, along with their English translations. Sixty of the songs are presented on a CD.

In Praise of Our Mothers

by John Mason

136 pages

Retail $15.00

ISBN 978-1-881244-19-9

"What did the rs do originally to merit our respect and worship? rs are women and men who were buried by earth or water, and then selected, after careful & serious reflection, to be honored for their deeds & characters that redefined the possible and ushered in new ages. What great inventions, deeds, teachings did they initiate to cause us to evoke their spirits through tales, songs and dances, in our times of need and distress? Hundreds and thousands of years later, through wars, social upheavals, savage transplant- ings, & chattal slavery, their spirits & sagas continue to inspire devotion, emulation & action; even when those contributions are no longer clearly un- derstood. This vagueness is definitely in evidence when the inventions, deeds, and teachings of the women who were raised, after serious consideration, to the status of rs, are discussed. Often, men have usurped the credit for and control of those inventions. Women turned oppression into a window of opportunity. Women with equal rights and availability to education and economic parity contribute directly to the economic welfare and social stability of their family, community, city, region, and nation..This book will highlight clearly and fully examine the innovations of nine of those women: Odu, Aaja (Ayan), Yemowo, Orisa Oko, Yemoja, Oba, Oya, Osun.

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