Ancestral Trauma with Dr. Maria Abegunde

In preparation for a presentation* on Ancestral Trauma at the Association of Black Psychologists Conference in Indianapolis in July, Drs. Bolden and Ball sat down for a skype interview with Dr. Maria Eliza Hamilton Bispo de Jesus Abegunde. Abegunde is an egungun (ancestral) priest in the Yoruba Orisa tradition and Reiki Master, a healer, birth and post partum doula, poet, writer, and Black Studies practitioner with a focus on the recovery of ancestral memory from the Earth and human body. Abegunde is the first doctorate from the African American and African Diaspora Studies department at Indiana University. The focus of the conversation ranged from howAbegunde came into the healing arts and learned to connect with ancestors, how to identify the point of origin for trauma among ancestors, and her teaching experiences on the sea travels of the Middle Passage. In another thread of the conversation, we traced her scholarly evolution in African studies and how she envisions conducting research in African women’s studies within the paradigm of Africana studies.

*The ABPsi presentation panelists include Dr. Bolden, Roberta Federico, Dr. Maria Eliza Hamilton (via skype), and Dr. Jamila Codrington. Audio may be available after July 20th, 2014.


  1. Without delving into this individual’s personal life or other marital relations contesting his point of view. I’ll start and leave it at this, in what is termed African spirituality you have hucksters and pimps that allow false narratives to proliferate for personal gain. I’d apply that to this individual and his promotion/silence of the false and or misleading narratives he puts forth regarding duality and sexuality. He’s made himself an ally to placing an aspect of African culture into distorted european worldview’s and practices. He is no different than a Skip Gates jr in historical revisionism but more insidious in his prostitution.

  2. Dr. Abegunde: what a wonderful presentation. Thank you for helping me understand the visits from my ancestors. I would love to know more about Ancestral Trauma.

  3. A word of caution for those that don’t know Malidoma Patrice Somé is a strong advocate of the promotion homosexuality and uses African spirituality as a rent-a-cloak to push unAfrican agendas.

  4. David, just downloading and prepping some of that new album for today’s show! Skipp is a beast.

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