Libations

What do we mean by Libations:

A libation is a ritual during which participants pour out liquid (ex: milk, alcohol, honey, water, etc.) as an offering to a god or spirit, or in memory of those who have “passed on” (Ancestors). It was common in many religions of ancient times and continues to be offered in various cultures today. Libations were an essential aspect of traditional indigenous societies of Africa, North and South America, Asia etc.

Why do we do Libations at NMSSJ?

  • At NMSSJ we do libations at the beginning of every day, at the beginning of notable events, etc.

  • At NMSSJ we pour out libations in recognition of separate and collective histories and cultures.

  • At NMSSJ we pour libations to remember those who have fought for our individual and collective freedom and equity.

  • At NMSSJ we pour libations to create and maintain our community, our community’s commitment to our principles and goals.

  • At NMSSJ we pour libations as a community building ritual not as areligious ceremony. All students, staff, parents, and visitors are welcome o join and participate.

The call and response is as follows:

Now more than ever, all the brothers and sisters must come together. All the brothers and sisters everywhere must feel the time is in the air. Common blood flows through common veins and common eyes all see the same. Now more than ever, all the brothers and sisters must come together. Ase Ase Ase.