- Jan 31, 2004
- Professional Hitman
Generally, it is those who are not practitioners who believe that African spirits are the same entities but with different names. Those who are involved with the spirits know that nothing can be further from the truth. Spirits from various traditions may have similar functions or roles but to confuse them is for lack of a better word "a rookie mistake." Confusing them is like an insult and can have dire consequences. There are plenty of horror stories about doing so. Any practitioner will warn against it because you will only be inviting trouble.Can you give an example of how confusing spirits from different traditions was a detrimental mistake?
My wife is Ghanaian and she needs to follow her ancestral traditions. She can not do this through the orisa. The orisa did not call her. It was the abosom that did.
Spirits with similar functions may have beyond the surface level many of differences. One spirit may eat pigeon and another may not. Treating them the same is like someone treating a person the same way they may treat another person that looks similar. Or someone feeding you chicken because your sibling like chicken even though you may not like chicken.
As a practitioner of 3 African based traditions I have to be mindful to not treat similar spirits in these traditions the same. You do not approach Legba the ssame way you approach Esu. The spirits will even make it known.