African Spiritual Places

3hours/US$40 per person (minimum 10 persons)

If you can believe it, today the traditional African Ifa/Orisa belief system is still practised in more than fifty shrines across Trinidad and Tobago! In these sacred places, ancient African songs and drum rhythms were preserved; in some of them, our national instrument, the steelpan was cradled.

Our tour will begin in Port of Spain, the capital city of Trinidad and Tobago where the Emancipation Proclamation was read to the enslaved in 1834 and then again in 1838 after full freedom was gained. We will pay respects at the Rada shrine in Belmont, one of the suburbs of the city, formerly known as Freetown. This is because so many former enslaved sought refuge there after enslavement was over.

You will have the opportunity to experience first hand some of the ancient rituals and practices at ancient Ifa/Orisa shrines along the way. Our tour of African spiritual places will end at one of the oldest ‘yards’ in San Juan just outside the city, where representatives of the shrine will close our experience by sharing wisdom, blessings and prayers.

 

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