The DuSable Museum of African American History

Ancestral Voices: Esoteric African Knowledge

Ancestral Voices: Esoteric African Knowledge

In spite of being recognized as some of the oldest spiritual systems known to man, traditional African belief systems such as, Juju, Obeah, Voodoo and Vodun are often misunderstood as cults or fringe. Equally distressing to their practitioners, is that the general public is unaware of the significant impact and contributions these African belief systems have played in helping to shape other mainstream religions such as, Judaism, Islam and Christianity.

Using a variety of interviews and footage of traditional African spiritual practices, the documentary film Ancestral Voices Esoteric African Knowledge explores the cosmology of traditional African spiritual systems and questions why there is such a stigmatization of these beliefs and practices. Purchase Tickets Now!

The program will begin with a screening of the 73 minutes film following a panel discussion and a question and answer session from the audience.

Panelists include:

  • Rabbi Capers Shmuel Funnye, Jr. / Beth Shalom B’nai Zaken
  • Lee H. Butler, Ph.D. / Chicago Theological Seminary
  • Moses O. Adeola / Author: The Origin of Christianity
  • Songodina Ifatunji / practitioner of traditional spiritual systems
  • Moderated by Rev. Joan R. Harrell

This event is $5.00 per person to RSVP please visit:

For questions please call 773.947.0600 ext 223

Songodina Ifatunji

Rabbi Capers Shmuel Funnye, Jr.
Obama's Rabbi

Moses O. Adeola

Lee H. Butler, Ph.D.

Moderated by Rev. Joan R. Harrell
Joan Harrell - small

This project is partially supported by a CityArts Grant from the City of Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs & Special Events