While many individuals were involved in the introduction of traditional and classical African spiritual systems to the West, three African-Americans are most noted for their role in both popularizing indigenous faiths, but also in working with their respective Ancestors to establish genuine spiritual lineages. The lineages formed by these three individuals are recognized as legitimate in Africa.
Nana Dinizulu I,
Founder of Akan Spiritual Community In U.S.
In 1965, the late Nana Yao Opare Dinizulu I, went to the Akonedi Shrine in Ghana and determined his cultural and spiritual lineage to be Akan. While there he initiation was recommended through divination and he submitted. Read more…
Oba Ofuntola Oseijeman Adefunmi,
Founder of Oyotunji Lineage – Orisa /Vodun
In 1959, just before the Revolution, Oba Adefunmi travelled to the Matanzas region of Cuba to be initiated into the priesthood of Obatala. Read more…
Ra Un Nefer Amen,
Founder of Ausar Auset Society – Revival of Kemetic/Egyptian System
Chief Priest of the Ausar Auset Society which is headquartered in Brooklyn, New York and has chapters in nearly every major city throughout the U.S. and several cities internationally. Read more…
* Note: The photographs featured here belong to their respective photographers. They are low-resolution thumbs. We hope that their respective owners will view their presentation here as a legitimate way of honoring the legacy of these great spiritual warriors.
* Note: Please contact each respective lineage for an official account of their organizational history, priesthood, recognized elders and community accomplishments.