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University of Creation Spirituality
Doctor of Ministry Degree/Certificate Program

August 2004 Intensive
August 2-6 2004 CA

Art as Meditation: Recitations of Sacred Text -  #61086

Instructor: Chief Iyanifa, Luisah Teish                           

Faculty Bio:   

Luisah Teish is an initiated elder in the Ifa/Orisha tradition of Nigeria, West Africa.  She is the author of Jambalaya: The Natural Woman’s Book of Personal Charms and Practical Rituals", " Carnival of the Spirit" and "Jump Up".  She is the founder of Ile Orunmila Oshun (the House of Destiny and Love), the School of Ancient Mysteries/Sacred Arts Center, and the director of Ase Theater.  Teish is internationally known for her performances of world mythology and feminist folklore.  She has performed in Europe, South America, and New Zealand. 

Course Description:  

The power of the word is evidenced in the Orature and the literature of the world’s traditions. The beauty and meaning of this material is elucidated when read or recited by those who have experienced the wisdom contained in them.  In this course students will be introduced to sacred Orature/Literature from several spiritual cultures (African, Native American, Asian and European); will be encouraged to select and to write their own sacred materials; and will acquire dramatic reading skills such as call and response, choral poetry, and song speak. 


Monday: Introduction: To examine the impact of sacred materials in our own lives. Discuss the need to write our own materials. Introduction to multi-cultural writing styles. 

Tuesday: Orature: To understand the oral traditions of indigenous peoples, especially  oracular  storytelling. Understanding Call and Response. 

Wednesday: Literature: Select and read sacred literature (ancient and contemporary) as choral poetry. 

Thursday: Production: Employing music, movement , regalia and other theatre techniques. 

Friday: Recitations of Sacred Texts: Producing and performing works that address the needs of our times. 

Open to people of all traditions

No prior theatre experience required

Bring personal creative materials.

Suggested Reading:  

Your favorite text.  Your own materials.

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