Ile Emi Ifa is a collective whose primary purpose is the development of specific spiritual and moral thought processes that will directly lead to certain kinds of ethical and principled choices intended to motivate us as a group and as individuals to bring integrity back into the belief system of Ifa. Orisas and ancestors are no longer willing to simply sit back and tolerate the monstrous, the scandalous, and the traumatic behaviors that are too often contemptuously committed and yet poorly concealed by far too many of the priest, priestesses, the initiated, and the elders of the Orisa worshipping community.
Members of Ile Emi Ifa are intrinsically concerned about the exploitation of the uninitiated or adolescent Orisa initiates by their more experienced Ifa teachers. Our members are concerned about the disdain for equality for all in the community in favor of traditional, institutionalized support of disparity, entitlement, and privilege for a few at the expense of the majority. We are people exercising our collective intellectual, social, and cultural resources in the fight against the social injustice performed in the name of the Orisas.
Like virtually every other religions or organization based on beliefs, greed for personal benefit, status, and wealth runs amok in the midst of our deep and profound spirituality. Like most people who choose to live in a western culture heavily entrenched in an economic system of capitalism the source of this greed is deeply rooted in a sense of insecurity and lack of trust for what the future may hold. There is an inherent fear for most citizens and not just for the elitist that at any moment the plug will be pulled on this whole gig and most people want to make damn sure they have not just enough to survive, but an excessive amount to assure luxurious survival at the top of the social structure.
In a western culture that is so driven by personal greed, an organization must be able to communicate in a way that will stir people from their complacency and bring attention to bring attention to issues of the community’s right to truthful and accurate information regarding their spiritual path and overall wellbeing. The indifference of people who can help but refuse without being paid windfall sums of money is sad. But the number of people who actually prey on people’s superstitious beliefs and ignorance is truly tragic.
Ile Emi Ifa offers people an alternative to the traditional practices and methods of practicing Orisa worship and ancestor veneration. Instead of pandering to stereotypical expectations of praying or chanting in an African tongue while performing African dance in a room filled with typical African paraphernalia made in Taiwan, we offer a no nonsense, honest approach to assist you in developing your own spirituality and establishing your own personal connection to Orisa and ancestors.