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I Hear Olofi s Songs: Prayers for Egun and Orisa, is a collection of prayers primarily dedicated to the practitioners of the Yoruba Tradition which is a religion which originated in the Southwestern part of Nigeria, and brought to the Americas in slavery via Cuba. Though a monotheistic (belief in one God) religion, the Yoruba have a pantheon of deities called Orisa, which is closely associated with Saints in western belief. Each deity is dominion of certain earth forces and emotions: ie. Oshun is the deity of love and female sexuality, Obatala is the deity of peace and leadership, Ogun is the deity of war and work. In addition, the Yoruba also pay homage to their ancestors, Egun; believing that respect has to be paid not only to the living elders who are still with us here on earth, but those whose have already passed, but have paved our way. Ayoka Wiles Quinones is an African-American who has practiced Yoruba all her life, and is a priestess of Obatala. Known since childhood for her devotion to Orisa and Egun, she has written this set of prayers which is certain to become a standard for those wanting to communicate with Egun and Orisa.
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Ayoka was born and raised in the traditional Yoruba culture and religion and exposed to traditional African culture through the arts. Formally initiated as a Yoruba priestess in 1999, she is currently on the advisory board of the United Nations Committee on Spirituality, Values and Global Concerns. Ayoka, who presently lives in Nigeria with her husband and two children, also hosts a monthly spiritual internet blog radio show that seeks to use prayer as a platform and vessel for spiritual and personal empowerment and transformationReview:
Ayoka s highly poetic and emotive prayers have that tinge of the blues, the most personal and most prayerful musical tradition ever. They demonstrate that prayers to Egun and Orisa can be as spontaneous and as private, as individual and unique as you please and still be traditional. A perfect book for those discovering Orisa tradition for the first time, and for us oldies as well. --Baba Lloyd Weaver, Yoruba priest, film producer and director
In I Hear Olofi s Song: Prayers for Egun and Orisa, Ayoka shares her spiritual clarity providing us with a practical guide to expand and enrich our lives by using the power of prayer. --Dr. K. Zauditu-Selassie, Author of African Spiritual Traditions in the Novels of Toni Morrison
With these prayers Ayoka Quinones has brought a moving combination of self reflection, spiritual wisdom and humble willingness. This is a real journey of finding joy and meaning in our lives. --Rev. Kent Matthies, Unitarian Society of Germantown, Philadelphia, PA
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