"Sometimes the ancestors deem certain information so important that they send it to the subconscious mind without being consciously asked."
Luisah Teish (via specialnights)
"In the United States, enslaved and later, free people of African descent retained Africanisms in cuisine, marriage, family values, and expressive culture. Enslaved people experienced and understood the landscape through a worldview that ordered nature, combined spirituality and everyday life, and incorporated the animate and the inanimate. African religious influences were evident in dance (the ring shout), music (spirituals and gospel music), prayer (fervent expressions to God), and preaching (call-and-response between the pastor and congregation) and were ritualized in sacred groves, or woods, the church and daily life. Many of these influences have continued."
Dianne D. Glave Rooted in the Earth: Reclaiming the African-American Environmental Heritage