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Obeah Legislation in Jamaica

Obeah Legislation in Jamaica
While this is not the biggest breakthrough it is quite significant as Jamaica is a very Christian country with more churches per capita than anywhere in the world. There's a lot of push back from the Christian community, which is to be expected, but hopefully, this creates a space for Jamaicans and other Caribbean nations to discuss how they plan to repeal some of these very strict laws which have been used to demonize and diminish the power of our ancestral spiritual practices. 

The Smithsonian Experience: PART ONE

The Smithsonian Experience: PART ONE
To see Black people in the Americas is to be reminded of the enslaved who refused to die without dignity, ancestors who risked life and limb to cobble together dialects, religious systems in a strange new world and who DARED to persevere and fight back.

Obeah is not a bad word!

Obeah is not a bad word!

Obeah, as well as brujeria, still strikes a delicate chord with people of the African diaspora. A lot of us are in the process of unlearning lifetimes of oppression and it is in that very process we have the power to redefine what is and isn’t demonic or evil. Within the context of European colonialism we are all subject to it’s influences whether we want to acknowledge them or not. From our bodies to our minds, and even deeper into our souls, we have to take a hard look at how we see ourselves through the gaze of Whiteness and colonialism. 

Obeah is not a bad word. Liberation is often offensive to the oppressor but your pursuit of freedom will continue to be a bone of contention to those who stand to profit from your fear, ignorance and enslavement.