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Saturday, July 2, 2016

How to Create a Simple African Spiritual Fire Shrine

African Spiritual shrine
How to Create a Simple African Spiritual Fire Shrine

African Spiritual Sacred Spaces


How to Create a Simple African spiritual Dagara Fire Shrine

There are a number of traditional African methods for building an African spiritual Dagara Fire Shrine. 



 Why build a African Spiritual shrine 

An African spiritual shrine is a sacred place and by building a shrine, we establish a sacred space for prayer, spiritual awakening, and spiritual union with the ancestors. Building a shrine is not weird, instead it shows a willingness to connect to something greater than yourself.


African Spiritual Sacred Spaces


African spiritual Dagara fire shrines are always built in the Southern part of the house made from natural materials. You can simply use a table and place photos of past away family members, shells, coins, jewelry, favorite objects, and other personal effects of the deceased. 

The most important element of a African spiritual Dagara fire shrine is fire, which must be kept burning at all times under watchful eyes. Fire shrines are built for protection and fire symbolizes the deep burning love, support and warmth of the ancestors. 


Fire can devour but warm and lighten dark places, fire can also bring agony and death if not channeled correctly. Fires symbolism has had a very significant role in spiritual development since fire is a purifier as well as a destroyer. This is why fire in many cultures is viewed as a symbol of a flame of wisdom and knowledge if used in the approved manner.

Burkina Faso Lobi peoples Bateba figures are recognized as living beings, which are placed on the shrines of supernatural spirits and are able to communicate with one another and to fight off evil.
Burkina Faso Lobi peoples Bateba figures 

 

Spiritual Shrines throughout Africa

In the Benin Kingdom in Nigeria great altars were constructed to commemorate the passing of royal ancestors.


The Dogon people of Mali in western Africa use figures of dogs celebrate the memory of a brilliant dog that discovered a watering hole during the search for their current homelands.


Guinea Baga peoples elek figures represent the family lineage. They were placed upon the family shrines, normally in the house where the eldest member of the lineage lived. Offerings were made in hopes of assuring protection from malevolent forces.


Among Mistogo peoples of Gabon, guarded by wooden figures, the skulls and bones of honored ancestors are kept as reliquaries on shrines that commemorate the lineage.


Burkina Faso Lobi peoples Bateba figures are recognized as living beings, which are placed on the shrines of supernatural spirits and are able to communicate with one another and to fight off evil.


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