|Spiritual healer (Buyei) leading the Garifuna Dugu celebration|
When the celebration itself actually occurs, the ailing person becomes better as if nothing had ever happened to that person. There would be numerous instances throughout the week that the Dugu would be taking place when some kind of healing or the other would occur. It would not be strange for someone to become possessed and while in trance would go and massage an elder with aching knees or would give instructions to family members of some herbal remedy that should be prepared to help someone who was ill. So, while this major event in honor of Ancestors in the tradition of the Garinagu would be about feasting and celebration, it would also be about healing.
|Sangoma: healers in Xhosa tradition. Photo by Zilba Raubach|
Join us at our Annual Ancestor Celebration on Sunday, June 16th, 2013 (Juneteenth) where as we celebrate we also heal. It's all happening at the Omenala Griot Museum, 337 Dargan Place SW, Atlanta, GA 30310. Take advantage of this opportunity to experience the healing power of our Ancestors.