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

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

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