Ancestral Souls Rising 2021
Time & Location
About the Event
Breath. Power. Prayer.
The women and men of the Egungun societies have taken sacred oaths to oversee rituals of caring for The Ancestors who protect the living. Members of these societies have come together as the Council for Global Ancestral Reverence to create an international observance known as the Nine Day Elevation of the Souls ritual.
We invite you to stand together with the Council as we honor the spirits of those we have lost during the time of COVID-19 in the manner of their African ancestors as taught by their elders. We will all pray together each day for 9 days starting on Oct. 31, 2021. His Honor, Awise Agbaye Ogunwande Abimbola, the spokesperson for Ifa throughout the world, will open our prayer ceremonies. The Opening Prayer Event on Oct. 31st will run 12pm - 2pm EDT. The Prayer Events on Nov. 1st - Nov. 8th will run 12pm - 1:30pm EDT.
The Council is led by Iyabeji’ Dr. Cathy Royal, Yeye Luisah Teish, Ohen Nedra T. Williams, Iya Wanda Ravernell-Stewart, Iya Osunkemi Elizabeth Coleman, and Iya Sangoyemi-Osundiwura Barbara Eaton, all of whom are elders from African cultural traditions found around the world.
Please contact The Council at council4GAR@gmail.com with media inquiries or questions about sponsorship.
MEET THE COUNCIL
Dr. Iyabeji Cathy Royal - Iyabeji Dr. Cathy Royal, IS A DAUGHTER OF YEMANJA AND HAS RIGHTS TO THE RITUALS OF THE ANCESTRAL SOCIETIES, WORKING TO BRING THE SPIRIT OF THE ANCESTORS TO THE GLOBAL AFRICAN VILLAGE. SHE IS THE AUTHOR OF SEVERAL BOOKS AND WRITES UNDER THE NAME ODULUNA, "DANCING STORYTELLER".
Yeye Luisah Teish - Luisah Teish, IS A STORYTELLER, WRITER, AN ARTIST-ACTIVIST, AND SPIRITUAL GUIDANCE COUNSELOR. SHE IS AN INITIATED ELDER (IYANIFA) IN THE IFA/ORISHA TRADITION OF THE WEST AFRICAN DIASPORA AND IS THE AUTHOR OF "JAMBALAYA: THE NATURAL WOMAN'S BOOK OF PERSONAL CHARMS AND PRACTICAL RITUALS".
Ohen Nedra T. Williams - Ohen Nedra Williams, OHEN IMENE (THE DOCTOR), IS AN OLOKUN PRIESTESS, HEALER AND VISUAL ARTIST FROM OAKLAND, CA. SHE WAS INITIATED IN BENIN CITY, NIGERIA AND WAS GIVEN HER CHIEFTAINCY TITLE IN 2005. SHE IS A MEMBER OF THE EGUNGUN SOCIETY AND PERFORMS ANCESTOR RITUALS THROUGHOUT THE BAY AREA.
Iya Wanda Ravernell-Stewart - Iya Wanda Ravernell-Stewart, A FORMER JOURNALIST, IS THE EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR OF OAKLAND'S OMNIRA INSTITUTE, WHICH ADDRESSES SOCIAL JUSTICE FOR AFRICAN AMERICANS UTILIZING AFRICAN SPIRITUAL PRACTICES. SHE WAS INITIATED TO THE MYSTERIES OF OYA IN 1985.
Iya Osunkemi Elizabeth Coleman - Iya Osunkemi Elizabeth Coleman, IS A CULTURAL ARTS EDUCATOR BRINGING AFRICAN AND AFRICAN DIASPORA MUSIC, DANCE, AND THEATER TO CHILDREN AND ADULTS. ÌYÁ ỌṢUNKẸMI IS ONE OF THE LEADERS OF THE YORÙBÁ SPIRITUAL HOUSE ILÉ ÀṢẸ ṢÀNGÓ EWÉLÈRÈ AND CO-FOUNDER OF ÌYÁ MỌÒPÓ WORKSHOP, A SPACE AND FORUM FOR CULTURAL EDUCATION AND ACTION THROUGH ART, MUSIC, WORDS, AND OTHER PRACTICAL MEANS. SHE CURRENTLY LIVES IN SAVANNAH, GEORGIA.
Iya Sangoyemi-Osundiwura Barbara Eaton - Iya Sangoyemi-Osundiwura Barbara Eaton, IS AN ONÍṢÀNGÓ AND LEADER OF ILÉ ÀṢẸ ṢÀNGÓEWÉLÈRÈ, A YORÙBÁ SPIRITUAL HOUSE IN THE ÌṢẸ ṢE TRADITION. SHE IS THE CO-FOUNDER OF ÌYÁ MỌÒPÓ WORKSHOP AND CO-DIRECTOR OF THE MULTIMEDIA DOCUMENTARY PROJECT “EGÚNGÚN: THE ART OF LIVING.”ÌYÁ ‘YẸMÍ IS AN ARTIST-RESEARCHER WHO EVOKES ANCESTRAL MEMORY BY BUILDING HEALING GARDENS IN SAVANNAH, GEORGIA.
MEET ONE OF THE PRESENTERS:
Iya J. Oyinleye
Presenting prayer and song on behalf of the Traditional Congo Ancestral Spiritual System
Iya J. Oyinleye is an initiated priestess of Palo Mayombe, her personal ancestors of the Congo (Bateke tribe), Osun, Yemo, and Ifa. She was born and raised in the Gullah Geechee area of Savannah, GA. Iya J. created the first spiritual app of its kind called “Hoodoo Spirit” and most recently now a new author of two journals under a series of books called "Goddess Memoirs". As the Owner/CEO of Isis Moon, a holistic and cultural organization, she heads several different projects aimed at “bridging the gap” between the African Diaspora and the Kingdom of Kongo, Womb Consciousness & Elevation, Manifestation Coaching, and more.