There are many reasons why Afrikans pour libations which is a ritual calling, summoning or awakening the Ancestors. Libations allows us to keep alive the memory of those that have transcended before us and to call upon them when we need guidance, assistance, knowledge, comfort or protection. Pouring libation expresses the esteem that we have for those that have moved on and memory of their existence. To call the answer one begins by calling the attention of those gathered or yourself.
Ago, Ago, Ago
Onyame (un yah mai) (Supreme Being, eternal and self-begotten),
Onyakompon (un ya kom pon) (All Powerful)
Oboadee: (oh boa j) (Supreme Creator, Infinite Inventor),
Ananse Kokuroko (The Great Spider; The Great Designer).
Assase Yaa: ( ah sa se ya) ( Mother Earth; assase-earth, yaa-female name for one born on a thursday)
Abosom: Elemental Spirits,(Nana Tano, Nana sergbe), are concerned with health, fertility and well being: physical, emotional, mental Elemental Spirits, the Ancestors, as they were when alive as chiefs and elders, are concerned with power, settling disputes, protocol and political organization. The Elemental Spirits, priests and priestesses generally concern themselves with health and well- being (physical, emotional, and mental) and fertility.
Nananom Nsamanfo:" (nana = grandparent, nom = plural, fo = people). The respectful way to call the Ancestors when pouring a libation, concerned mainly with political issues, deciding cases and resolving conflicts.
This is ________calling
State why you are calling, what do you want the ancestors to do?
Call the ancestors and encourage those gathered to do the same and after each named ancestor, we all say “nsa” (drink)
When finished calling the ancestors …you say Medaasi, Medassi, Medassi paaaaa
Courtesy of Yensomu