QUOTE(kaboom13 @ Aug 11 2010, 12:41 PM)
I've never actually been acquainted with the 3rd generation above me and such, so, in all honesty I don't.
What's the advantage to working with ancestors anyways? I've found the 'Loa' (I've only worked with one formal loa) not really need an individual to be linked through the ancestor business.
... same, my lineage is scattered as my people were basically prisoners of war, enslaved in the West after being taken from Africa so I can go back a bit but it starts to get blurred, have to look at ''stock'' counts in databases of slave owners accounts etc, find that part difficult, have to trawl through some stuff and wouldn't have much by way of detail.
The ''advantage'', don't think it can be approached in that way... have a theory on it and genetics though, you are the material manifestation of all of your ancestors going back to the very first men and women on earth, we are as the beginning as we are the end. In recognising that you are linking yourself to those people and their experiences, as well as that philosophy. Its the modern world that has us think of evolution in the ''wrong'' way, as in without definition. Human
evolution has nothing to do with cars, airplanes, the internet and subesquent access to free porn, thats societal advancement, nothing wrong with it... Human evolution though is genetic, if you were to go back in time with a book on calculus you could well teach it to humans back then, they wouldn't have the use for it but they were no diffrent to us as we are now, we still speak the same language...to further... if a nuclear war kicked off (God forbid) decimating countries for a few hundred years or so future generations would look at the ruins of society in bafflement now resorting to survival mechanisms the rules would have changed, the physically strong would rule etc them having lost the scientists and people who would otherwise know how to use those/these things left behind, a V8 engine would be of no use to them... TRUE evolution and human furtherment is then spiritual by way of genetics, working with ones ancestors works to that effect...
When babies are born with an instant knowledge of physics and how to remove cookies from internet cashe folders in the same way beavers are born knowing how to build dams and Gazelle are born knowing how to walk I'll be proved wrong .lol.
In certain traditions you can't simply venerate your ancestors, some of them are bad... its said that you're only to honour those who were enlightened, Shepsu, the beings of light in your heritage, these are the only ones who can help you, the experience of the others may be harmful.
My spiritual path at the moment has me into Cerimonial magick and Practical Alchemy... not too clued up on the Loa's, some would call me a traitor for that I suppose .lol. sounds like you've been assigned a Loa to work with in the same way diffrent areas of a country would have ''nomes'' back in the days, each nome had a diety which had rules and laws attached, each loa itself is an agent for God and thus enlightenment can be found through it... or something to that effect.