Due to my field work in the Caribbean I have to admit, with grief, to have been victim of cultural and religious intolerance quite often. African and Diasporic Religions are unfortunately still considered by many, even in Academia, as primitive or evil.
As far as I know God, the Great Architect of the Universe, created the World as a whole. Americas and Africa are three continents, quite a big piece of land. The Religions practiced by millions of people, especially those of the diaspora’s survival, deserve respect and serious studies. They demonstrated sociological, cultural and religious resilience.
Also by a Christian point of view, Jesus is with the poors and the afflicted so He surely was and is by the side of the slaves and their descendants. UNESCO declared Ifa, one of the oldest religions of the world (originally from Nigeria then also Cuba) an intangible patrimony of mankind.
While everyone is free to embrace or deny on a personal basis everything, every choice should be made in theory with knowledge and respect.
God Himself created differences, it is our duty to learn about them because only in the unknown lies the truth and the seed of the Tree of Life and Wisdom and too often, ignorance is just the cold shadow cast by that big immortal Tree.

About Manuel Congo

A renowned Palero, Babalawo, Ajarn and Hougan, Manuel Congo lives in rural Italy, where he spends most of his free time touring on his custom Harley Davidson. An avid ethnographer and noted expert on Italian witchcraft, Manuel has spent decades working for elite clients around the world, conducting investigations in locales as far-flung as Togo and Thailand. He enjoys rainy days, BBQ and blondes.

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