The true meaning of sacrifice in IFA

The practice of Ebo (sacrifice) is not the same as the sacrificial rite performed by babalawo.  

The sacrificial rite is a public performance initially intended to demonstrate a social commitment on the part of the devotee to change his/her life for the betterment of the community.  99.9% of the time, the food sacrificed was eaten by the community (the 0.1% of the time it was left in the forest for small animals to eat).  It was never meant to be literally for the spirit of orisa.  
The various elements included in the ebo were symbolic of the actions you need to take…the sacrifice you need to make in your real life.  This is why Eshu (the deity of decision making) is the central orisha concerned with all ebo; he is concerned with change thru your decisions in LIFE not at the altar.
However, with the murder of the many elders who opposed the “slave trade,” a new class of theocratic hierarchy rose and the people lost the knowledge of the symbolic meaning behind the rituals.  Now they confuse the ritual act for the real-life act of ebo.  They are unfortunately being encouraged by con-artist priests who want to make money off of their ignorance.
True ebo (sacrifice) deals with the sacrifices & taboos you must make in your real life, not on an altar.   
(Exu painting by Montiel)
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Black Business Spotlight: Fitted Crown

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​Black women play an important role in today’s society. With all the problems they have dealt with over the years, seeing a woman of color thrive in a positive way shows that anything is possible with the right mindset. Well one young woman is helping black women find their “crown”. She believes they are all queens in their own way.

Fitted Crown is a clothing brand that was started by Bria Hill from Oakland, Ca. As a college student, Hill wanted a hobby that would generate income as well. With her love for fashion and influenced by the many women who raised her, Fitted Crown was born. The name derives from her belief that all women are queens, each with their own distinctive crown.

“To me, being a queen comes from the inside. It’s nature. Women are queens in their own, natural ways, so some women’s crowns may be…

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