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Episode 5: Make It All Sacred

Yeye Luisah Teish is a teacher, dancer, storyteller, and high priestess. She also is an author, most notably of Jambalaya: The Natural Woman's Book of Personal Charms and Practical Rituals. Born in New Orleans, Louisiana, her father was an African Methodist Episcopal  and her mother was a Catholic, of Haitian, French, and Choctaw heritage. Yeye Teish is an Iyanifa and Oshun chief in Yoruba tradition. Yeye Teish is one of the most well known Yoruba priestesses worldwide, who is celebrated internationally in Goddess circles as a writer and ritual-maker. She quite literally a legendary woman of great character and exceeding positive impact for this generation and all time.

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In this Episode:

Cutting open the path for our work

Marie Laveau and spiritualism

Growing up with psychic experiences

War with Exxon and Monsanto

Coming up as a young, black woman in the civil rights and black power era

Repressed energy & memories coming out through dance 

Healing women survivors of childhood sexual abuse, incest, sexual enslavement, battery, domestic abuse and surgical alteration

Providing a safe space for people to have their memories

Listening deeply

Creating a cavalry of women dedicated to healing other women

Taking back power

Following the ancestors, New Orleans, Haiti, West Africa

The journey to Iyanifa and priesthood

Initiation to Oshun

The stories of orishas are spiritual physics codified

Indigenous traditions on the rise 

Responisbilities and the delicate dance of elderhood

Supplementing the discoveries of the younger generations

Rituals for the everyday sacred

Featured Plant Ally: Rue (Ruta graveolens)

Resources and Links:

Marie Laveau

Katherine Dunham


Sister in Yellow by Omar Sosa, El Houssaine Kili, Gustavo Ovalles · Martha Galarraga, Sub-Z, Yassir Chadly

Bullerengue para un Angel by Orita Cantora

Water Drumming by Baka women of Cameroon

Pour me Water by Mr. Eazi

Shout Outs:

Yeye Luisah Teish

Sacred Waters Retreat

George Peterson Jr. 

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