African Traditional Religions are experiencing a renaissance in the Diaspora. Millions of persons around the world of diverse ethnicities are being called to the healing power of the Oricha, who are deities of nature. From Brazil, Trinidad, Cuba, to New York, Houston and Oakland California many African American descendants of Slaves have been practicing the diverse lineages of the Oricha tradition for over 60 years on U.S. soil. Oricha devotees have practiced resistance to White Supremacy for hundreds of years and through this devotion have created pathways for healing, restoration, and resiliency. Phoenix will share the Earth principles of the Oricha she uses in her work as a leading Ecotherapist and initiated Priest of Aganyu the Oricha known as the spirit of the wilderness, to work with local social justice communities and communities of color here in Oakland through teaching, ceremony, and mentorship, including leading 2 years of water ceremonies around the Bay.
Smith, J. Phoenix, "Ile' Mo Ku O: Earth I Greet You: Black Gods of Nature Saving Black Lives" (2016). Embrace of the Earth 2016. 6.