– A photo of the Yoruba-Orisha Baptist Church recently caused quite a stir on social media after it was posted by a tweep with the handle @animolenikun
– It is a church in New York which practices Caribbean syncretic religion, combining Protestant, Catholic, African and Kabbalistic elements into its worship
– The worshippers in this church also get baptised and speak in tongue; these and others are at the centre of worshipping in the church
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A church in New York, the Yoruba-Orisha Baptist Church, has got social media talking with its uniqueness.
A photo of the exterior of the church was posted on Twitter by a tweep with the handle @animolenikun.
According to The Peopling of New York Final Project, the Yoruba-Orisha Baptist denomination is a uniquely Caribbean syncretic religion.
The religion originated in Trinidad and Tobago and it combines Protestant, Catholic, African and Kabbalistic elements into its worship, but self-identifies as Protestant.
Baptisms, mourning, possession by the spirit, shaking, dancing, speaking in tongues and bringing back spiritual gifts from spiritual adventures are at the centre of worshipping in this church.
Many react on social media
Reacting to the photo, @eniAiku said:
“So they go “Ògún would open your ways in Jesus name?”
“Does that make sense?”
“It makes perfect sense if you know that diasporic Africans had to do this in order to stay alive while also keeping our traditions from where we were taken from. Lucumi, candomble, quimbanda are all syncretized to Catholic saints.”
“I get this perspective. I don’t think this church for instance was established during the slave trade era though.
“My contention is this: why maintain these adulterated systems today when one can easily go back to the pure forms of worship?”
“Why do we do this? It shows we’re scared of our spirituality. Abrahamic religions do not align with Africans.”
“I gotta go here. I just want to know what services are like!!!! My father is a Baptist minister and his mother (my grandmother) practices hoodoo. Thanksgiving at our house was like third act of Doctor Strange.”
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Another interesting church story
. previously reported that a Nigerian female videographer has caused quite a stir on social media after tieing wrapper on her jeans trouser while covering a wedding ceremony in a church.
The lady was given the wrapper to wear before she was allowed to cover the wedding.
One of the people that covered the event wrote:
“A female member of my team was given this wrapper to wear before she is allowed to work at a wedding ceremony we were paid to cover because she wore jeans to the church. Happened in Akure, Ondo state.”