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Ku do azan Gufon Nat Turner, mavomavo! “Greetings on this Nat Turner Rebellion Day!”
Today we celebrate the gufonu (rebellious) spirit and warrior actions of the great ancestor Nat Turner (mavomavo – Aja word to spiritually honor a great spirit) and those who followed him who took the idea of liberation and freedom in their own hands. They did not wait on the yovo to tell them they were free. They KILLED the yovo (whites) -children, their female dogs (“women”), and all, rightfully so, to become free. Unfortunately, the rebellion was put to a stop because of, you guessed it, house negroes. These same negroes are around now and many hide behind Afrikan clothing and Afrikan spiritual systems.
However Gufonto Nat Turner , mavomavo, inspired the spirit in Maroonage in many captive Afrikans in the amerikkkas, encouraging them to not only leave the physical plantation and physical so called master but the also to rid the captive plantation and so called master from their minds. We are inspired today by the profound actions of Nat Turner, mavomavo, at the Ganlodo Maroon Monarchy. His spirit will only get stronger.
At the Kilombonu (Maroon) Monarchy of Ganlodo, we are rooted in an authentic African Vodun tradition. Nothing made up… No fillers… No borrowing from Kemet or Eastern traditions and calling it Vodun because we don’t know our own culture. No 1930s era made up Mami Wata traditions (which is not Vodun – just look at the name). This is real Vodun with a 100% Maroon approach. Therefore we welcome you to the first ever authentic Esoteric African Vodun video series conducted by His Imperial Majesty Axosu Agelogbagan Azàsinkpontín Jisovi Agbovi I under the auspices of the Ganlodo Center for Vodun Instruction,or GCVI. These videos and their teachings cannot be found anywhere on His Imperial Majesty’s YouTube videos. All videos will be sent via email upon purchase receipt. Note that Stripe card payments can take 3-5 business days to receive. Actual purchase is made at the Kilombo Restoration and Healing site at http://www.restorationhealing.com/online-vodun-classes
This video covers the content of the 13 video, 6 hour video series. Note that this description does not mention the addition of the 13th lesson which is called Vodun Expressions of Emotion, Their Relation to the Stomach, and Holistic Being.
This video gives a five minute excerpt from the introduction of the series.
A perfect compliment to this series is the groundbreaking book: The Kilombo Paradigm: Maroon Sovereignty through Vodun Culture
This weekend at the Maroon African Vodún Monarchy of Ganlodo we celebrate our clans, called akota in the Aja language, and lineage. In authentic Afrikan traditions, it is crucial to know ones ancient family and clan origins. This weekend we do rituals and ceremony to elevate and heal our clans/lineages. We are thankful to have the Roots Reading system to reconnect us back to that which we thought was lost. Call out the names of your ancient clans and any individuals of good character that were from your family and clan.
We also suggest that those who know there family and clan history, totems, symbols, kwk create family crests to commemorate their history.
Family Crest of His Imperial Majesty Axosu Agelogbagan Agbovi
Though we honor our Afrikan women at all times, on our official azanlilen (calendar) the month of Di (this our fourth month corresponding to June 19-July 19 of the Gregorian calendar) is officially Afrikan Women Appreciation Month at the Kilombonu (Maroon) Monarchy of Ganlodo. It is during this month that we take extra special care to honor the existence, achievements, love, loyalty and much more of the Afrikan woman. The Afrikan woman is increasingly leading the way and holding down the fort. She is a mother, wife, sister, aunt, friend, teacher, entrepreneur, warrior, and nation builder. In the Afrikan Vodun tradition a married woman is known as Xwenon (mother and owner of the house) and in the Isese (“Yoruba”) tradition she is known Iyaale (Mother of the house) which implies she runs the house. The home is where one of the first tenets of sovereignty is practiced which is family development. She is responsible for how the nation is first shaped by shaping the family properly.
In the sacred Kpoli Fá (Odù Ifá) Sámézi (Osa Méjì) we learn that Ogun, Obatala and Odù were sent to the world to improve creation. Odù was confused about her role and went to MáwùLisa and said: “Ogun has the power of the machete and a sword. Obatala also has everything he needs. What remains for me, the only woman among them? What will I do. MawuLisa said: the power of motherhood that keeps the earth in tact, belongs to you. The power of the Birds (reference to the inherit power found only in women to control certain mystic phenomenon) belongs to you. I will give you a calabash filled with these things“.
MawuLisa then said “Use your power with coolness and not with violence, or I will take it away from you.” Since that time, because of Odù, women have the power to always say things of power, for in the absence of women men can do nothing. Nobody, children nor old men, will dare to mock women. The power of women is great. Women give life through giving birth, and whatever men may want to do, women must help them or it will not be successful.” So they sang together, and Obatala said that every week everybody must praise women, for the world to be peaceful. Bend your knee, bend your knee for women, for women brought you into this world; women are the wisdom of Earth, women have brought us into this world; have respect for women.“
In the sacred Kpoli Fá GbeTula (Ogbe Otura) it is said that Orunmila (deity oom) set out to learn the secret of the world. Orunmila was told by his diviners to place an offering near the bush and hide behind a tree and he would discover the secret of the world. Orunmila did so. Shortly thereafter, he saw an imposing woman coming down the road. This was a woman who was chief of the Aje (the bird women representing the secrets and power of women). She started to consume the food as if to know it was left there for her. After she was finished eating she called Orunmila to come out of his hiding place. Orunmila was shocked that this person knew of his presence. When approached by the imposing woman Orunmila was told that women were the secret of the world.
She stated: The success or failure of any person rest on women; the love or hatred of any person rest on a woman; the happiness or sadness of any person rests on women; the honor or disgrace of any person rests on women and so on. He was advised by Ifá to never underestimate any woman, no matter how small or unimportant the woman may seem to be.
Join us as we honor our women. Give special extra gifts and praises to the Afrikan woman in the month of Di – and always.
Some years ago, we had settled on using the term Danxome (Dahomey) or Danxomean to refer to the various Gbe speaking people of Southern Benin republic. However, this is fairly inaccurate as Danxome was only created in the early 17th century, and the “Gbe-speaking” people have been around for thousands of years. The problem arose from the effort of trying to find a collective name for these ancient people; as with collective names like Yoruba, Igbo, Akan, kwk.
A little history sheds light on the proper collective name for the people and the culture they live. what follows is the current popular current narrative. However, this is but a partial truth.
The Common Accepted Narrative
Directly on the border of the current countries of Togo and Benin, in Southern Togo, is a very ancient city called Tado. Originally, this city was called Ezame which means surrounded with Eza trees. Around the early 13th century CE, there was great famine, disease, and drought in the city. Then arrived a mysterious man named Togbui Anyi. Togbui Anyi said he could cure all of the ills of the community and raise Ezame back to a great state. The people accepted his offer. In time, he did exactly what he said and the city became whole again. For this, he was made king. Shortly thereafter, he renamed the monarchy Tado, which means “step over”. This was to represent that all misfortunes would step over the monarchy. According to this common narrative, from this Aja group came the Ewe, Fon and other people of similar culture; a culture misnomered as “Gbe-speking people” by the yovo. The word gbe itself simply means “language”.
Another narrative mentions a wave/migration of fairly recent times that has the Aja originating in Ifẹ́ and implying they were originally Yoruba. The latter is untrue since this particular Ifẹ́ had several groups in a cosmopolitan type of situation. One can say that the Yoruba were originally Aja in that case. The fact is that these people have made several migrations and cross migrations for at least 6000 years.
The Bigger Picture
The truth of the matter is that the Aja have been here for thousands of years, and the above narrative is only one of many incidences of migrations and feats of the Aja. This is one of the narratives that the yovo (Europeans in this case) chose to popularize and thus has been accepted as the spread of what they call the “Gbe-speaking people”. For instance, one of our most sacred texts, the Gànhúmehàn, is dated back to 1329 AX (AX stands for “year of the clan”); 4920 years ago. The Aja are mentioned throughout several chapters of the Gànhúmehàn, as well as several other of what the yovo misnomer “Gbe -speaking people”.
Further proof comes from the fact that the monarchy of Xeviè, now a small town in southern Benin Republic, is dated to the year 5055 AX; 814 CE of the European calendar. This is at least 400-500 years before the time-frame of Tado and the great King Togbui Anyi. Thus, the only real question is a matter of the antiquity of the Aja people – the narrative that the Aja know of themselves or the one Europeans promote. Without a doubt, the Aja people know who they are. The Europeans did get it right that these related people (Ewe, Fòn, Seto, Ayizo, kwk) are offshoots of Aja. They just had the dates wrong and they took one big event in the history of the Aja, the creation of Tado, and attributed this as their origins and the spreading of the branches of these ancient people.
Based on the research we have done, we propose the much more appropriate and 100% accurate collective term for our culture to be Aja. Therefore, a monarch from the cultures of Southern Benin, Togo, and Ghana, who share the same this culture and rooted in Vodún, is referred to as an Aja Monarch just the same as when one refers to an Akan king or queen mother, or a Yoruba king.
* It should be noted that the Fon are the result of the Aja mixing with the local Gedevi people of what is now Agbome, once the capital of the Danxome Federation. Thus, much of what we refer to as Fon language and culture is the product of an admixture of several cultures that scholars have misnamed “Gbe” or “Gbe speaking”. The word gbe simply means language in Aja/Fon/Hula/Seto/Xwla, kwk. In its golden age, between the 15th and 17th century, the monarchy of Tado was a confederation; in 1627 the Spanish Jesuit Alonzo de Sandoval described it as “a powerful kingdom that extends over an immense territory inland, with a coastal area where there is a safe harbor, governed by a black called Eminence“.
So, it should be made clear that just as the various Akan groups have different dialects of the same Twi language but are referred to collectively as Akan, so it is the same with the various Aja groups; having different dialects of the same Aja language.
For US today is Kilombozangbe (1st day of OUR 7-day week), Hwlen 26 (26th day of our THIRD month) in the year 6260. For US, this day celebrates the last day of honoring the deity Loko represented by the Afrikan Iroko tree, also called the African Teak Tree. In the united snakes of amerikkka, He is represented by the Oak Tree. Coincidentally, he represents fatherhood in one of his aspects. However, this is not father’s day for US as an Afrikan people who have returned to our authentic culture and adjusted it in a New Afrikan way called New Afrikan Vodun.
This weekend we celebrate the 7th anniversary of the founding of Ganlodo Xotome (Ganlodo Monarchy). The name Ganlodo comes from the Aja-Fon phrase ye do gan gba jla do kpodo tuto we – Those that broke the chains to restore order. It was founded in the year 6253 AX (May 2012) as a strictly Kilombonu (Maroon) monarchy for Afrikan people only. Ganlodo prides itself on character, merit, integrity, family development, nation building, and the goal of sovereignty.
The paramount monarch and founder is His Imperial Majesty, or Axosu Axosu lee ton in Aja language, Axosu Agelogbagan Agbovi. Ganlodo is based primarily in the Aja culture of Southern Benin Republic and is firmly rooted therein. Ganlodo is not only a monarchy but a way of life for its citizen-family members. This weekend will see the celebration of the monarchy by its select citizens and friends.
In view of the abject degeneracy that has taken a hold of Afrikan traditions in amerikkka, it is simple to see why Ganlodo’s name means what it does, why it exists, and why a true Maroon king had to be crowned in order to restore integrity, pride, order, and character to African Vodun and, by default, to other Afrikan traditions extant in north amerikkka.
Fongbe Primer: Functional Fongbe for our Everyday World is our first production of a book on an Afrikan language, and the first book written by an “African American” on the Fon language spoken primarily in Southern Benin Republic, but also in as wide a range extending from Southwest Nigeria to Ghana; also used as a ritual language in Brazilian Candomble, and as the basis for the creole language of Ayiti (Haiti) along with its ritual language. Fongbe Primer is an excellent work for those in the beginner to intermediary stages of the Fon language of Southern Benin Republic. Fongbe Primer is unique in that it is a Fon language book that contains a plethora of very valuable West Afrikan Vodun terminology. Fòngbè Primer is the latest addition to the wealth of extant publications and contributions making Afrikan languages accessible to Afrikan descendants. For the first time we have an intelligible, easy to study and read Fon-English resource for English speaking Afrikans seeking to learn the Fon language. With over 9,300 entries, Fongbe Primer is a major contribution to the active movement of Re-Afrikanization via tools assisting with living Afrikan culture.
One does not have a culture without a living language. Therefore, this Fon language book presents the reader with functional Fongbe (Fon language) to be used in everyday situations. To Re-Afrikanize is an arduous process that must include, as one of its most vital components, the resurrection and implementation of Afrikan languages in one’s daily life. Fongbe Primer is a great source for those who have embraced Aja (Fon) culture, especially those that are returning New Afrikan practitioners of the powerful and most ancient spiritual tradition of Vodun – a powerful tradition deeply embedded within Fon culture and people.
Special care has been taken to include all proper tonations (low, mid, high) and special characters with appropriate visual accent marks. This book is a must have for serious students of Afrikan languages and cultures. This book is not just a language book. It is filled with many historical and conceptual facts as they relate to Aja-Fon culture, history, philosophy, and the Vodun spiritual worldview.
Table of Contents
About this Book
Path and Purpose
The Alphabet in Fɔ̀ngbè
Expressing Time and Numbers
Months and Days of the Week
Personal Pronouns and Usage
Word Addendums that
Kpè Máwú: Praising the Creator
Useful Sentences and Their Structure
Proverbial and Oracular Wisdom
Everyday usage Body Parts Clothing Household About the Author
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