Gate Opening July 3, 2012
For accountability and educational purposes, I take photos of the parts of the ceremonial work that I do, when it is permitted. These are the photos of some moments of this week’s gate opening.
Burning incense for Eshu and to consecrate the nkisi wrappers.
Preparing the wrapping cloths for the minkisi.
Consecrating the nkisi wrappers.
Directing energy to the wrappers after marking them.
Touching the coals to activate a certain power.
Marking the wrappers with the hot coal ashes.
Food offerings for Eshu.
Pouring rum for Eshu and the Ancestors.
Opening the gate with Eshu must be done at the beginning of any rootwork or spell.
Sis. Nicole T. Lasher (Sheloya) is the female king of Ile Baalat Teva, an African diaspora spirituality group in northern Israel.