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  • Why Ancestor Money?

    Offerings in Ancestral Veneration: From Historical Traditions to Modern Practices Ancestral Veneration is a meaningful practice that has been performed by many cultures throughout history. It involves showing reverence and respect to one's Ancestors, spirits, and deities by performing specific actions, such as lighting candles, burning incense, and offering food and drink. Let's talk about offerings in Ancestral Veneration, specifically Ancestor Money, looking into the historical and modern practices surrounding offerings, and how working with Ancestor Money can bring about healing, justice, and empowerment for community. In many ancient cultures, the practice of making offerings to ancestors and deities was commonplace. In African, particularly ancient Egypt, offerings such as food, drink, and incense were made to the Gods and Goddesses in temples and homes. In ancient Rome, families made offerings of wine, olive oil, and animals to their ancestors at their grave sites. These practices have continued throughout the centuries, with offerings often tailored to the culture and religion of the people. In Latinx culture, offerings of food , photos, candles, cempaxochitl, and incense are made during, Día de los Muertos- the annual Day of the Dead. In Hindu tradition, offerings of flowers, water, and sweetmeats are made to the Gods during Puja ceremonies. Consciously on unconsciously we enact venerating practices through our holidays sometimes being unaware of who is being venerated. In modern times, the practice of Ancestral Veneration is being recognized new forms, expanding beyond offerings that may seem more obvious to the plain eye. Art mediums, such as painting, sculpting, and singing, have become popular offerings to honor Ancestors. The act of creating something in honor of an Ancestor serves as an act of devotion, and can also promote healing and self-reflection. Another offering is Ancestor Money, also known as Joss Paper or Hell Money. This offering is commonly used in Chinese and Vietnamese traditions, and involves the burning of paper imprinted with images of banknotes. In these cultures, it is believed that burning the paper offerings will send them to the spirit world, thereby providing the ancestors with material goods in the afterlife also providing abundance and joy to the family members venerating on the earthly plane. Ancestor Money has become increasingly popular in recent years within the African Diaspora community. Kenda Bell and Nyasha Williams have created bills featuring well-known Black figures such as Harriet Tubman, Malcolm X, and more. They both recognize the significance of having Black Ancestors on the bills is two-fold - it acknowledges the important role Black individuals have played in history, and actively incorporates them into spiritual practice. Working with Ancestor Money that honors Black Ancestors can bring about healing and empowerment for the community. The use of Black historical figures creates a connection among Ancestors, the living, and the collective Ancestor, and promotes a sense of cultural and spiritual pride. The act of burning Ancestor Money becomes an honoring of the energy of our Black ancestors, and an active way to move into deeper relationships with them, relationships based on respect and mutual honoring. In addition to the spiritual benefits of working with Ancestor Money, it can also bring about tangible change in society. By placing images of Black figures on currency, it contributes to the ongoing movement for racial justice and equity. It provides an opportunity for the community to re-examine the role that traditional symbols of power and economic might play in our culture, and offers a way to create new symbols centered in cultural power and Ancestral consciousness. In conclusion, offerings have played an important role in Ancestral Veneration throughout history, and continue to do so in modern times. The use of Ancestor Money that honors Black Ancestors adds to this legacy by acknowledging their contributions to history, promoting healing and empowerment, and using ancestral consciousness as a way to bring about change in our society. Purchase Ancestral Money Here:

  • Note from the Creators on Ancestor Illumination Apothecary'Ancestor Money

    This money was created first with the intention of communal Ancestral healing. We have so many Ancestors who put in the work for the community and even more whose contributions have gone unrecognized. Before burning the money, ensure that you first pay homage to the Ancestor on the bill and send gratitude and revival in all that was given in their work on Earth. Then call forth that the loving, liberating, and uplifting, energetic impact of the Ancestor(s) be amplified. Read aloud a list of all of your family names that you know of while physically linking with everyone participating in the burning and the money to be used in the offering. Acknowledge Ancestors who chose to take their lives rather than a life of bondage or enslavement and those whose lives were taken in bondage. About the Creation of the Bills as Ancestor Money: Every bill design is intentionally crafted to memorialize each Ancestor's energetic vibrations. Sigils were Ancestrally channeled to amplify the pure purpose of the created offerings. All images, writing, and numbers are connected to the Ancestor on that particular bill. Every batch is blessed, and we hope is received by those who will continue to expand the ripples and waves of our community’s healing and prosperity. Ancestor Money Activation: Let the bills get some sunlight before burning. If you are looking for that extra kick of energy, let the money sunbathe in the day's first and/or last hour of sunlight. Instructions: 1. Have a stainless container ready 2. Activate the money 3. Set the intention and read Family Names 4. Burn the Ancestral Money bill by bill in the container 5. Speak to the Ancestors while the paper is burning 6. Ensure the fire is completely down and out before giving the ashes to the earth or a tree.

  • Ancestral Veneration: Unveiling African Roots and Its Legacy Through American History

    Ancestral veneration, deeply rooted in African traditions, has been a practice of acknowledging and honoring one's Ancestors for generations. This practice has transcended time and space, surviving the brutalities of slavery and enduring into the present day. In this blog post, we will explore the origins of African ancestral veneration, how it persisted through the harrowing period of slavery, and its significance in today's society, emphasizing the importance of understanding what we venerate and the value it holds in shaping our collective identity. African cultures have a rich history of honoring their ancestors. Ancestral veneration involves paying respect and homage to deceased family members and elders, believing that their wisdom and guidance continue to influence the living. This practice is deeply entrenched in various African societies, and the way it is carried out can vary based on region, ethnicity, and belief system. Principles of Ancestral Veneration Spiritual Connection: Ancestral veneration is often deeply tied to spirituality, with many believing that Ancestors play a crucial role in protecting and guiding the living. Legacy Preservation: Through veneration, the wisdom, values, and stories of Ancestors are passed down through generations, preserving the cultural and familial legacy. Moral Compass: Ancestors are seen as moral compasses, and their values and ethical standards continue to guide the behavior and decisions of the living. The transatlantic slave trade forcibly displaced millions of Africans from their homelands. The traumatic journey across the Atlantic, known as the Middle Passage, meant a severe disruption in their ability to carry out traditional ancestral veneration practices. Families were torn apart, and the sense of community was shattered. Despite the horrors of slavery, African people managed to adapt their ancestral veneration practices to the new circumstances. They blended their traditions with elements from other cultures, forming new rituals and ceremonies to keep their ancestral connections alive. Slavery forced many Africans into adopting covert spiritual practices. They disguised their beliefs by integrating them with Christianity or other dominant religions, creating syncretic systems that allowed them to maintain their ancestral veneration in secret. After emancipation, African Americans began to rebuild their communities and identities. Ancestral veneration played a vital role in this process, helping to restore a sense of identity, culture, and community. African Ancestral veneration greatly influenced various aspects of Black culture. From art and music to dance and literature, the presence and influence of ancestors are pervasive, reflecting the reverence and respect held for those who came before. In the present day, there is a growing interest in African ancestral veneration as a means to reconnect with roots and promote healing. Community members are seeking to rediscover their heritage and incorporate Ancestral practices into their lives. For some, Ancestral veneration offers a sense of spiritual connectedness and emotional healing. It provides a framework for understanding their place in the world and finding peace in the knowledge that they are not and were never alone on our journey. It's essential to recognize the complexity of heritage and Ancestral veneration. We must understand that our ancestors' actions, while significant, were shaped by their own historical and cultural contexts. By acknowledging and understanding our past, including the good and the bad, we can learn from it and strive to build a more just and equitable future. This requires a critical examination of what we venerate and why. When you prepare recipes that were passed down to you. When you sing a song that a loved one used to sing. When you cook a meal on a certain day to honor your loved one. When you name something after them, like passing down a family name or naming a scholarship fund in their honor. - That’s ancestral veneration. Ancestral veneration is happening even when it’s not recognized as such. When we name a building after someone harmful in history, we venerate them. When we exchange money printed that only features White politicians, put up statues, or celebrate holidays rooted in exploitation, we’re thus allowing these people and the acts they’ve done and their values to be honored. African Ancestral Veneration is a deeply ingrained practice that has withstood the test of time and adversity. From its origins in Africa to its survival through the horrors of slavery and its continued relevance in the present day, this tradition remains an essential aspect of African heritage. Recognizing and respecting our ancestors is not only about honoring the past, but it's also about understanding ourselves and shaping a better future by learning from their wisdom and experiences. It is crucial that we approach ancestral veneration with consciousness, recognizing both its beauty and complexity, to build a society that is grounded in understanding, empathy, and cultural richness.

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