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.” Tenacity in religion, myth, and folklore, Michael Everson Horseman from Iberian Pottery, Alicante … Continue reading Mediterranean Mysteries: The Iberian Peninsula

Fairies of West Africa

A depiction of the Aziza, with glowing gold wings, a golden dress as well as gold or bronze jewelry on her neck and arms. She has flowing black braids, a red hairband with orange earrings, and hold what appears to be a lightening bolt or string of light. Image via: Warriorsofmyth.Wikifandom.com Even if we have … Continue reading Fairies of West Africa

Fairies 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 Fairies, Hidden People or Little Folk (also referred … Continue reading Fairies 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

Caribbean Cosmologies: The Greater Antilles

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, mountains, … 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