What is a “Maroon”? back to top>>
A Maroon is one who observes, practices, retains and defends the valued customs, traditions and culture of Afrakan people. The Maroon works in the best interests of Afrakan people pursuant to sovereignty. A Maroon is also able to identify enemies of Afrakan people (internally and externally) and work together with other Maroons to build family and community institutions and, to confront their common enemies.
Maroons are active and involved kilombo (community) members living in the modern world. We are Afrakan people working towards national liberation via ReAfrakanization, Family Development and Nationbuilding. We continue our traditional testimonies of rediscovery, redefinition, revitalization, family and institution building, righteous living, and complementarity, and stewardship of our planet.
Historically, the English word “Maroon” derives from the Spanish word Cimarron–itself based on an Arawak (Taino) Indian root. Cimarrón originally referred to domestic cattle that had taken to the hills in Hispaniola, and soon after it was applied to American Indian slaves who had escaped from the Spaniards as well. By the end of the 1530s, the word had taken on strong connotations of being “fierce,” “wild” and “unbroken,” and was used primarily to refer to Afrakan runaways in the West Indies, Central America, South America, or North America.
Q- What is a “kilombo”? back to top>>
A kilombo is a community formation of Afrakan people that pursues, protects and expands the sovereignty of its member families. A kilombo is a “liberated zone,” where a community of people establish independent institutions for the perpetuation of their way of life. A kilombo is a space where the counter-pressures of non-Afrakan reality can be neutralized and negated. When we speak of kilombo, we speak of the convergence of families and clans into a single organic whole centered around a common conception of history, cultural identity, a vision of who they are, where they are and where they need to go and what they need to accomplish in a particular space.
Q- What does it mean to be sovereign? back to top>>
Being sovereign means that we can answer the following questions in the affirmative:
- Can we feed ourselves?
- Can we clothe ourselves?
- Can we house ourselves?
- Can we educate ourselves?
- Can we heal ourselves?
- Can we protect ourselves?
- Can we govern ourselves?
Q- What is an Afrakan and why do you spell it this way? back to top>>
An Afrakan is “the living flesh and spirit of the light of God.” And an Afrakan is a person whose genetic and phenotypic information originate from the Original people, the Kushites (Nubians) of the ancient Hapi (Nile) Valley-the Fallopian Tube of world culture and civilization.
Q- Is Ìsèse a religion? back to top>>
A- Ìsèse Olúwa is not a religion in the Western sense. It is a way of life that reflects the harmony that exists between the sacred and the secular realms. Every “scientific” system that our eégún (ancestors) developed, from astronomy to zoology, has a spiritual side that enables a person to use that science for spiritual growth and development. The connection between sacred and secular in all areas of life and how and why things evolve as they do is the “great mystery” that Ìsèse addresses so that we might live more elegant and effective lives.
Q- Why do you refer to Ìsèse as a tradition and not a religion? back to top>>
A- We refer to Ìsèse as a tradition because it is a way of life, based on the laws and principles that govern the universe. Ìsèse is “God’s order.” It is not an arrogant, dogmatic “articles of faith” designed to separate and exploit people. We believe that all spirituality is local and that no one group of people, or no one prophet is the one for all people. Each and every nation of people in the family of nations has a direct and divine connection to their creator as they choose to express it. And no other people has the right to impose or proclaim their understanding of spirit as superior or greater than another groups.
Q- Are you a Yorùbá people? back to top>>
A- No, not formally. We in Egbé Ijoba consider ourselves to be an Afrakan people and even more correctly- Maroons – Afrakans that seek to restore the order of Olodumare as a way of life. We practice the spiritual tradition developed and conceptualized by our Yorùbá ancestors. However, after the experiences of the Great Maafa- the Middle Passage, slavery, Jim Crow semi-slavery and racism kwk- we believe that we are by definition and on purpose “Ijoba Maroons,” an Afrakan people- and as such we do not feel compelled to “act” like the Yorùbá people of Southwestern Nigeria. Instead, we are honored and proud to be Ijoba Maroons- spiritual and cultural descendants, and hence relatives, of the Yorùbá people!