To the ARM supporters, and ARM
It’s not only our religions that have to fight for the right to sacrifice. the Orisha traditions are also fighting and ignorant animal rights people are using racism, fear, and lies to slander these religions. Priest, author, and diviner Ochani Lele speaks eloquently in response.
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Dear Animal Recovery Mission and Supporters
I’ve been asked by others in my spiritual community to weigh in on the claims and charges made by your leaders against two religions: Lucumí (you know it as Santeria) and Palo Mayombe. I’m not qualified to speak on behalf of Palo Mayombe, and because of my relatively short period of time in this religion (14 years as a priest of Obatala and close to 30 years as an adherent) I’m loathe to speak at all. There are much older heads who should be speaking. But, I’m not one to keep my mouth shut against gossip and false witness.
First, my background: I come from a small, rural farming town that serves as the entrance to the Northern Neck of Virginia. I was raised on land that was once a huge farm, but farming ended about the time I was born in the 1960s…
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