Creole religions with West African Roots
Spiritual practices that sometimes overlap with
Orisha Worship in the New World
Where does that leave us?
1. Find and work with a mentor, a respected elder, a godparent who can guide you and help you understand the tradition you've chosen. Much of the knowledge associated with these religions and practices has been passed on orally, and you will not find everything you need to know in a book or on the internet.
2. Understand what cultural appropriation is, and don't do it. If you enter a religion, respect the people it comes from. Don't take just the parts you like and ignore the rest. Don't try to change it to fit your own worldview. It is what it is. Don't try to turn it into something else.
3. Don't assume the functions and role of a priest if you don't have authority to do that. If initiation is required to carry out ceremonies, respect that process.