The 16th Annual Festival of the Bones this Saturday
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.
For more information about about Ile Orumila Oshun and upcoming events, go to www.ileorunmilaoshun.org