TRADITIONAL RITES OR NECROMANCY?
My family are Creole, an ethnic group in Sierra Leone; the descendants of freed African American, West Indian, and liberated African slaves who settled in the Western area of Sierra Leone between 1787 and 1885. Sierra leone became the resettlement site for freed slaves, thus the name of the capital: ‘Freetown’.
Most of the slaves had African fore names, such as Ayodele, Oluwafemi, Kojo, and Afua; they also used the surnames of their slave owners (Smith, Jackson, Jones, etc.). They continued some of their long-established practices alongside the newly introduced Christianity, by their colonial masters.
Traditional practices include:
- pouring libation in the four corners of one’s house, these most times take place during celebrations
- inviting ‘ancestors’ to be present
- following a dream about one’s ‘dead relative’, they would put food and water on the table for ancestors, (foo-rah, for those who know)
- inviting the ancestral spirit
- Ancestral worship
- Lastly, celebrating a memorial on the anniversary of the death of family members, by cooking African vegetable dishes.
This last rite, specifically, is called ‘a-woo-joh’. A hole is usually dug from the earth within the premises; the blood from a sacrificed cockerel is poured down the hole together with the meal and hard liquor. Kola nuts are used as a mode of communication to these spirits - presumably, their ancestors. The ceremony would usually be facilitated by the oldest relative in the family, asking their ancestors to oversee, protect and guide their generations, even the unborn: essentially asking them to do what God does.
As a result, generational curses and illnesses are rampant throughout the Krios.
Exodus 20:2 and Deuteronomy 5:6, “Thou shalt have no other gods before me” is the first of the Ten commandments found in the bible. This can be loosely interpreted as anything, from a person to an object, worshiped, idolised, pledged to.
Ancestral spirits are spirits worshipped by ancestors whereas deceased relatives are simply your relatives that have died.
Therefore, consulting and communicating with deceased relatives is against the Bible - this is necromancy.
The only way you will know the origin of an ancestor’s sin, is through the Holy Spirit:
My friend, Peter and I were talking the other day about spiritual matters. He had noticed that all the men in his family don’t live past 49 years old, reflecting that within the past 8 years, 4 had died before 50. Peter was 49. He was scared and started seeking God in spirit and in truth. The Holy spirit then revealed to him that his family were in punishment on behalf of their forefathers: 400 years ago, they sold His people into slavery. Proverbs 26:2, “a curse without a cause, will not alight…”. Peter confessed and repented for these sins and asked God for redemption with Jesus’ blood: today he is 53!
Anne was an unemployed, born-again Christian, learning about Christ, and asking the Holy spirit to guide her. One night, she asked the Holy spirit to search her and reveal everything that was holding her back from achieving her potential. The Holy Spirit gave her a dream; from a bird’s eye view, she saw many men killing multitudes of women and children while burning their houses. Anne was scared witnessing this. Within the dream, Anne asked the Holy spirit why the atrocities had never been mentioned by family? Holy Spirit responded, “they wouldn’t, because it happened in 1596!”. She thanked Holy Spirit for the revelation, confessed and repented for these sins and asked God for redemption with Jesus’ blood: today, she is a teacher!
Hosea 4:6, “Because of lack of knowledge, my people perish”
The above are true accounts but names have been changed due to confidentiality.
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- Caroline Smith
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- 3 May, 2021
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