Mojuba Means Thank You: A Praise Poem

Mojuba and Thanks by Lilith Dorsey.

 

Devotees of the religion of Santeria (Lucumi) frequently recite a devoted list of prayers and thanks to their ancestors, spiritual teachers, and gods, or Orisha. These are most commonly referred to as mojubas. The word literally breaks down linguistically to the Yoruba words Mo, for “I,”  and the word for juba, which means to “give respect to.” Some even believe the word “Mojo” derives from these roots. The following is a holiday praise poem I wrote to give thanks to the honored ancestors, and all those who have gone before. Thank you.

Mojuba Means Thank You…A Praise Poem by Lilith Dorsey

Mojuba means thank you,

For all that you’ve done,

For all that you are,

For who we’ve become.

 

Mojuba means thank you,

For my hair and my skin,

For your great power,

For where you end and I begin.

 

Mojuba means thank you,

For today,

and everyday,

For giving us guidance in your own divine way.

 

Mojuba means thank you,

For your supreme love,

For blessings and support,

From below and above.

 

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About Lilith Dorsey

Lilith Dorsey M.A. , hails from many magickal traditions, including Celtic, Afro-Caribbean, and Native American spirituality. Her traditional education focused on Plant Science, Anthropology, and Film at the University of R.I, New York University and the University of London, and her magickal training includes numerous initiations in Santeria also known as Lucumi, Haitian Vodoun, and New Orleans Voodoo. Lilith Dorsey is a Voodoo Priestess and in that capacity has been doing successful magick since 1991 for patrons, is editor/publisher of Oshun-African Magickal Quarterly , filmmaker of the experimental documentary Bodies of Water :Voodoo Identity and Tranceformation, author of Voodoo and Afro-Caribbean Paganism and The African-American Ritual Cookbook, and choreographer for jazz legend Dr. John's "Night Tripper" Voodoo Show. She believes good ritual should be fun and innovative, and to that end she led the first ever Voodoo Zombie Silent Rave Ritual in July 2013, complete with confused Thriller flash mob.


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