The 16th Annual Festival of the Bones this Saturday

November 3, 2011 in Announcements, Events, Pagan Leaders by crystalblanton

Ile Orunmila Oshun presents its 16th Annual Festival of the Bones, celebrating the Ancestral season, this Saturday, November 5th at 7PM, at the The Oakland Center for Spiritual Living at 5000 Clarewood Drive, Oakland, CA 94618.This festival is a celebration of different world cultures and ancestral celebrations.  It is said to represent elements of many of the ancestral celebrations and culture, including African Masquerade Egungun, Dia de los Muertos, Hallomas, Mooncakes and Hungry Ghosts celebrations.  This event will also have an interactive village theatre, ancestral altars, music, dancing, food and a market place.In preparation for this event, Pagan Newswire Collective Bay Area got a chance to interview Chief Luisah Teish about this upcoming event.

What type of experience can someone expect to have at this years Festival of the Bones event?
At the Festival of the Bones attendees will experience a variety of spiritual traditions and their practices including African drumming, tai chi, Hawaiian hula, Native American prayer, and opportunity to
place their ancestors on the Tree of Life.

This event is put on by  Ile Orunmila Oshun.  For those who may not be familiar, can you give us some information on his organization and your  connection to them?
Ile Orunmila Oshun (the House of Destiny and Love) was founded by Luisah Teish in 1983. It is mandated as a House Learning and Love and is dedicated to the Ancestors and Deities of the African diaspora.
Ile Orunmila Oshun performs divinations, holds temple services, classes, and public rituals. The Elders’ Councilis multi-racial, and the Ile members reside in several regions around the world.

In your opinion, what is the importance of an event like this for Bay Area Pagans and locals?
It is another opportunity to share our stories and traditions, to make community announcements and to display our wares and services in the marketplace.

Out of the 16 years this festival has been running, what has been one of  your best memories from this event?
Over the years there have been beautiful decorations such as the 30 foot banners supplied by Jason Fann  of the Sacred Garden; the prayers for peace by Buddhist nuns, the Brandishing of the Shields in honor of the Goddess Oya and the dancers from several countries. However the most memorable was last year when my (Luisah Teish’s) brother, whom had not seen in 30 years, appeared as a surprise guest at the Festival.

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