Saving Souls That Were Never Lost

8 Aug

This short poem is a tribute Akan Spirituality. The Akan people are an ethnic group found predominantly in Ghana and the Ivory Coast.

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“Saving Souls That Were Never Lost”
© 2012 Tyrone Turner
All rights reserved.

Onyame is supreme and all-powerful. The creator of us all. Asasse Yaa –Mother Earth provides all that her children need.

The MIGHTY OF MIGHTIES is so grand we must go through spirits, the Abosom. They are all around us in nature. In the wind, rivers, oceans, streams, trees, mountains, rocks and animals. They bless us and protect us. They guide us through difficulties. For instance, Nana Tegare exposes evil doers and liars while Nana Esi Ketewaa protects children. We are all her children. The children of the African Diaspora are watched over by Nana Asuo Gyebi and it is he who helps us remember who we were, who we are and what we are to become.

Our ancestors, the Nsamanfo, are forever watching over us and protecting us. They are to be honored and respected. If we do not know from where we came, we can never understand why we are where we are in the present and how to get to where we want to go in the future. This is called Sankofa — return and get it.

We are not and were never godless people.

Propaganda just made it appear that way. We have a rich history with customs and traditions that are as old as time itself.

Missionaries came from strange lands telling strange tales of their gods and traditions. These gods seem very severe in how they punished their children. In some cases, entire villages were destroyed. Certain men, never women, were said to be able to speak directly with their great god. How odd that is.

There was one story of a woman who gave birth to Awurade. How can that be? A human being that gives birth to the CREATOR? One who is an equal to the ALMIGHTY? That sounds so unnatural.

We were also told that according to their holy book, we are to be servants unto our pale earthly brethren because we were cursed. Many of us were taken to slave fortresses on our shores and taken across the great sea to never be seen again. The atrocities committed against those enslaved and taken to western lands would become infamous.

There are also those who would have us say that there is no god but their god and an illiterate foreigner from the desert is his prophet. We were told that we must accept his beliefs as truth or die. How can their great god be called “the most compassionate” and “the most merciful” when he would sanction the destruction and abandonment of our way of life, our language and customs? How could equality of all men be preached but at the same time carry our young men and women off to slavery in the east?

That does not make sense.

We were told that it was necessary to adopt their ways to avoid the earthly suffering. We were told that those who do not accept their beliefs would be subjected to eternal torment in the hereafter. According to these foreigners, our souls were lost but if we abandoned our “heathen ways,” we would be among those spared and allowed into paradise.

This paradise was said to have golden gates and streets paved with gold. The people there enjoy milk and honey. We already have gold – a lot of it. Milk and honey, though? No thank you. We’ll pass as most of us are lactose intolerant and can’t drink milk.

We lived in peace and did not harm the earth. The earth gave us fruit, vegetables, livestock and gold. We did not even have a word for jail because we never needed one. Our women are equal to our men. As a matter of fact, inheritance and kingship passes through the mother, not the father. If a royal line, a man’s son cannot become king. The son of the king’s sister is heir to the throne.

Hind sight is 20-20 because as soon as they first came to our villages and towns they should have been tossed.

It is a curious thing that they had the audacity to focus on saving souls that were never lost.

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