Ifa is the Indigenous Spiritual Practice of the Yoruba People of Nigeria. The practice has three major components: Orisha Veneration, Ancestor Veneration and Divination. Orisha are Spirits are spirits of nature and are responsible for the rules which govern nature. Orisha are anthropomorphized with human characteristics for the purpose of understanding their essence and being able to extrapolate psychological constructs.
Hollywood would have us believe that Voodoo is an art of the devil and that evil priest run around snatching souls to feed to various demons. We find that Hollywood tends to demonize most things African, especially those the producers do not understand.
[vsw id="xRt6CTb6riY?fs=1& " source="youtube" width="425" height="344" autoplay="no"] For example, the movie, The Serpent and the Rainbow, was based on the book of the same name. This book was an ethno-botanist’s journey to Haiti to discover the source of the herbs and medicines used to create the mythical “zombie”. By the time the movie is over the audience is focusing on the burning black body, rather than the fact that there is a pharmaceutical basis for the “zombie” and that the drugs used have tremendous potential as an anesthetic in modern medicine. It also overlooks that the Hogan gave the American part of the formula, probably a ruse to get him to go away. Perhaps if Americans asked nicely, the Hogans would share the rest of the story.