THE

OBEAH TREE

"There is the reasoning of the heavens that illuminates one like the gods and the reasoning of earth that brings one to understand simple things".

Asomdwoe nka mo (Peace unto you all)! The purpose of this spiritual platform is to present to the African diaspora meaningful insight into the realms of Obayi (Obeah) as was brought to the shores of the western hemisphere by obayifo (Akan witches). This development model will act as a vehicle for cultural liberation and spiritual cultivation by providing services, products and information that reflect the authentic expression of Obayi. May your highly venerated ancestors be your guide as you explore The Obeah Tree.

Akwaaba (Welcome)!

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WHAT IS OBAYI

Obayi (Obeah) is an ancestrally inherited tradition of Akan witches of Ghana/ Cote de'Ivoire and their descendants throughout the African diaspora… According to our story, our blood-related ancestresses and ancestors who during the trans-atlantic slavetrade were forced onto the shores of the Americas, brought with them the sacred art of Obayi. Embedded within their souls, blood and bone marrow our spiritual customs and practices spread all throughout the western hemisphere. The US, Canada, The UK, Grenada, Bahamas, Barbados, Suriname, Guyana, Jamaica, Trinidad and Tobago are a few places we can see Obayi has taken up residence and adapted to the energy of the region. Many have falsely called Obayi an “afro-carribean religion”, but we know that hundreds of thousands of Akan people were captured and transported to western regions. We are aware that Obayifo were amongst these multitudes captured and traded as prisoners of war. The Obayi pedigree in North America shows little difference to that of the Obayi pedigree in Ghana and Cote d’ivoire. We express Obayi without syncretism and or deviation. We are still in league with the same invisible forces of nature as we were before our forced migration into the western world and interact with these divinities on a daily basis.

Abosom and Abonsam (respectively) are the gods of Obayi and aide its vortex of power, with bayi (witch power) being the epicenter of all its spiritual activity. The ancestral inheritors of the tradition are referred to as Obayifo (Akan witches) and its priests Bayi Komfo and Bonsam Komfo a.k.a Obeah Priest/ Priestess.