Reading and research is fundamental to learning. It can be very hard to find books on African and Indigenous concepts. I have collected some of my favorite books and books that have been recommended by others along their journey. All of these books are available on Amazon.
In The Handbook of Yoruba Religious Concepts, Baba Ifa Karade provides an overview of the Yoruba tradition and its influence in the West. He describes the sixteen Orisha, or spirit gods, and shows us how to work with divination, use the energy centers of the body to internalize the teachings of Yoruba, and create a sacred place of worship. The book also includes prayers, dances, songs, offerings, and sacrifices to honor the Orisha.
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.
Diloggun Tales of the Natural World presents more than 40 patakís that shed light upon the worldview of Santería. Each story in this collection, reassembled from the oral tradition of the African diaspora, is centered on a spiritual principle in nature: the waxing and waning of the moon, solar and lunar eclipses, the phenomenon of shooting stars, the separation of sky and earth, and the origins of the animals and birds who play key roles in Santería symbology. Revealing the metaphysics, theology, and philosophy of the Yoruba people, this volume shows these stories to be as powerful and relevant today as they were to the ancient Yoruba who once safeguarded them.