The Language of Dreams

People around the world have been inquiring about the meaning of their dreams ever since ancient times. Various cultures have gone as far as to invest entire realms of study dedicated to the interpretation of dreams, also known as oneiromancy, or dream divination. From ancient Kemetian dream temples, to papyrus interpretation manuals, to passages in … Continue reading The Language of Dreams

Mediterranean Mysteries: The Iberian Peninsula

“If our purpose is to come to a genuine understanding of the lives of our ancestors and the cultural and spiritual legacy left us by them, we may find it necessary to reevaluate our understanding of the terms religion, myth, and folklore.” Michael Everson, Tenacity in religion, myth, and folklore Horseman from Iberian Pottery, Alicante … Continue reading Mediterranean Mysteries: The Iberian Peninsula

The Little Folk of West Africa

Even if we have forgotten the stories over the years, many of us grew up with “fairy” tales and old “superstitions” surrounding the mysterious beings we know as fairies, dwarves, goblins, pixies, djinn, ogres, gnomes, trolls, and other hidden spirits of the natural world. Of course, West Africa is no exception to this form of … Continue reading The Little Folk of West Africa

The Little Folk of Southeast Turtle Island

While many tend to associate fairies, elves, and other hidden peoples with the stories and lore of Europe, these magical beings are found all over the world and with striking similarities. Turtle Island is no exception. From the Appalachian woodlands to the mounds of Mississippi - the Hidden People or Little Folk (also referred to … Continue reading The Little Folk of Southeast Turtle Island

Traditional Religions of West Africa: Nigeria & Mali

From the 12th century onward the many lands we know today comprising West Africa have been home to numerous Indigenous empires, kingdoms, and city-states. One region is known as Yorubaland, or the Yoruba Empire of present-day Nigeria. The Yoruba Empire, made up of three states or kingdoms: the State of Ife, the Kingdom of Benin, … Continue reading Traditional Religions of West Africa: Nigeria & Mali

Pre-Christian Faiths of the British Isles

Before Christianity’s infamous arrival across the lands we know today as Ireland, Britain, and Scotland in the 5-6th centuries, the majority of Celtic peoples who were native to the area observed druidism, or regionally specific land-based traditions. While there were numerous Celtic groups who practiced this form of spirituality across Western, Southern, and Central Europe, … Continue reading Pre-Christian Faiths of the British Isles

Caribbean Cosmologies: The Greater Antilles

Today we are traveling to the Greater Antilles - known to my Taíno ancestors and kin as Borikén, Ayiti Kiskeya, Yamaye and Cobao. These four ancient islands were formed by the great Turtle Spirit, who was birthed from the wound of the first Taíno medicine man, or priest, Diminan Caracaracol. Creating networks of caves, rivers, … Continue reading Caribbean Cosmologies: The Greater Antilles

Indigenous Appalachia & Diasporic Medicine

Known traditionally to Abenaki people as Wombanednok; to the Penobscot Nation as Katahdin; to the Lenape as Kittatinny; and to the Tsalagi (Cherokee) Nation as Walasi-Yi, the so called Appalachian Mountains have remained ancient homes and resting places for a number of powerful deities, plant magics, and nature spirits. Over one billion years old, the … Continue reading Indigenous Appalachia & Diasporic Medicine