Episode 49: Inciting A Diasporic Riot

Episode 49 of Inciting A Riot: the Podcast finds us Inciting A Diasporic Riot. Special guest, Cory from the New World Witchery podcast, stops by to comment on the news, the word of the day, the gripe department, and then lends his expertise to our continuing religions series with his take on Diaspora - specifically, African Diasporic traditions in the New World. Luckily, this means Fire Lyte gets to second fiddle this Riot.

News: Westboro Baptist Church wins in court, Georgia tries to usurp Roe v. Wade, and Cory weighs in on a strange reason why Mazda is recalling 52,000 cars.

Word of the Day: cockalorum

Gripe Department: Z. Budapest, Christian Day, and when pagan media whores go a-whorin’.

Spirituality: Diaspora

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  1. Just a note about the westboro church: http://www.buzzfeed.com/mjs538/westboro-church-gets-tires-slashed-locals-refuse they apparently got their tires slashed after they finished protesting a funeral and the locals of the area refused to sell them new ones.

  2. Hi April! Thanks for the comment.

    Actually, Cory and I discuss that story in this episode, but I also covered it in depth on a previous episode.

    Don't worry. Whenever and wherever the WBC pops up, the Riot will be there!


  3. Firelyte, (and Cory)

    Great show, thanks for exploring the topic so well. You might find the book Altar of My Soul by Dr. Marta Morean Vega an interesting read. She is a Santeria priestess and the book is her autobiography.

    Thanks again for the great work,
    Pax / Geoffrey Stewart

  4. I wanted to add a comment regarding knowing your ancestors and being able to recall them, in many African diasporic religions, invoking your ancestors (both from a liturgical and biological perspective) in chronological order is part of the prayer used throughout ritual. So you were constantly praying their names and calling them up thus making repetition an important tool for remembering all of those people's names. This is still done. In my invocatory prayer as a Lukumí priest, the first names you pray (after God) are the founders of the capital city of Oyó in Nigeria where the founders of the Lukumí faith originated. Pretty awesome if you think about it.

    Also, the wearing of white in the initiatory year within the Lukumí religion is not related to the Old Testament. (although there might be parallels in reasons for practice) It is actually related to the lore around the color white (interesting tie in to another podcast of yours) as being a symbol of coolness, calm and rationality owned by Obatalá the eldest of the orishas in the religion. White is worn in all of our rituals for the same reason. It is protection, coolness, keeping energetically calm and warding off negative energies. It's our armor. New initiates are clad in white because they are so energetically sensitive.

  5. A priest in Lukumí (Santería) is called an Olorisha (the spanish-language names is Santero -for men, or Santera - for women). There is a special category of priest that acts as a master of ceremonies is called an Oriate (can be male or female). There is also a special sect of priests (male only) in the religion called Babalawos who are priests of the orisha of divination - Orunmila.

    Regarding Candomblé, it is also of Yoruba descent and is the sister religion to Lukumí. The Brazilians were in touch with Africa for a much longer period of time than Cuba (where Lukumí came about) and as such they have slightly different ceremonies but the core of the religion in terms of deities, songs, prayers, ceremonies, etc. is very similar. There's not really a native element in Candomblé at all. They also wear white in Candomblé as part of their initiation. Their post-initiatory obligations are very stringent as well.


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