Thanks to Lafreya's suggestion, today I bought a copy of The Hero With an African Face: Mythic Wisdom of Traditional Africa by Clyde W. Ford. In the Tattered Cover, I opened to the chapter about the ancestors' voices because the ancestors speak to one of the characters in Children of the Waters, my next novel, and I was immediately blown away.
From The Hero With an African Face:
"The rumbling traveled closer and closer--one, then two, then three, then layer upon layer of voices; a cacophony of humans not moaning or sighing but talking among themselves. I strained even harder to hear, when suddenly a message shot forth from the darkness, ricocheting off the earthen walls, bouncing back and forth over and over again in time with the rhythm of the sea.
'Whatever you do, my son,' the voices seemed to say in unison, 'make your life count for us....'"
From Children of the Waters
"They say when ghosts come around the room goes cold. It was the opposite with the ancestors. When they were near, Billie felt the air around her and the blood in her veins warm. Then she would get a message. The ancestors would speak in one voice, neither male nor female. It was a voice without sound, more like a thought that entered her mind, but wasn’t her own.
Today she felt the familiar warmth spread through her. Trying to control life is like trying to hold water in your hands, was the message she received today. Daughter, tell your man the truth and the healing will continue. Wait too long and healing will slip through your fingers."
Hmmmm. Is it just me or are those passages a little similar? Interesting, huh? Maybe there's something in the collective unconscious about how we relate to those who've gone before.
Anybody else do any talking to their ancestors? Or ever hear your ancestors speak to you or through you?