Call for Papers: Anthology on the Orisas
An alarming number of published works and self appointed teachers about Orisa are emerging online And in the literary markets.. Unfortunately the majority are written by people who are not initiated, Some of which who are not even practitioners of the tradition at all. They take misinformation from the internet and republish it as a truth. This has led to a situations where lies become the truth and it degrades our great traditions to a fad and our spiritual technologies as curios. As it goes, however, if we don’t write, someone else will. It is with that understanding that we are calling those who are true initiates of Orisa with experience to share with others the truth so the public won’t be deceived. Many have great knowledge but no time to write a whole book. But, they can write an article and we invite that for this special work.
We are compiling an anthology on Orisa written by Initiated priests in the tradition. We want to hear your stories, what you know, and what you have learned about the Orisa (s) you are initiated to. The focus will be on Isese (Based on continental practices) initiated priests of all Orisa but we will consider those initiated to other Diaspora lineages on a case by case basis. While we embrace Orunmila/Ifa specific articles acceptance of these will be limited due to the desire to promote more valid information to the public on other Orisa priesthoods in Isese. Each Orisa is its own priesthood and we want to promote the entire scope. We want you to dispel the myths and misunderstandings people may have And broaden people’s understanding about Orisa and what it means to be an Olorisa, Iyalorisa, or Babalorisa.
We will give special preference to articles written by or about Elders in the tradition. Many elders are dying without their stories being told or knowledge shared. We know that an elder can be a full library and it’s important to preserve the knowledge especially if they have made valuable contributions . We want to give space for those jewels to be shared for the next generations. If you have an Elder in Africa or in the diaspora that has extensive knowledge that can be shared, we embrace that. We are also open for people who would like to help with the writing process for Elders by interviewing and/ or transcribing audio into an official paper. If you are an elder and you do not have a person to help you, we may be able to provide a person to help you. Just send us a message at Oritemple@gmail.com Or fill out the Intention to Submit form.
We accept scholars but we don’t need people to be scholars. Your lived experience and practical knowledge is enough. We also don’t need fancy work to impress college professors. We want the writing for this anthology by everyday Olorisa for everyday people who are searching for greater understanding, elevation and solid information on Orisa beyond the internet. People with real world experience with Orisa.
If you would like to assist an elder with writing, interviewing, or transcribing an audio interview with someone, please click on the link to Submit a proposal button.