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Yoruba And The Concept of Demons

I am a big fan of scary movies. In fact, one of my favorite movies growing up was The Exorcist. Now that I am a grown-up, I understand that the movie was incredibly sensationalized. However, as crazy as it sounds, I believe that the movie had an element of truth. There are people who get possessed by mysterious entities. Some people may call them demons; others may say they are evil spirits or negative energies. In Yoruba, these spirits are called the ajogan.

Ajogan are demons that attack and take you away from your natural self. Although I have never heard of any cases where people’s heads starting to spin. I’ve seen people totally lose contact with reality. The ajogan work in two ways, they can either pull you down, or boost you up by giving you a false sense of self.

The ajogan are tricksters and master manipulators. They will work to blow your head up by stroking your ego. Having your ego stroked is like having your pictures photo-shopped. It starts out with little changes, that aren’t really you. You use the slimming feature to erase pounds off your stomach and thighs. You take out the red-eye, you lighten or darken the picture, and you even start to remove whole people from the frame. However, by doing this, you move farther and farther away from your natural character. And you become oblivious to your flaws and weaknesses.

The ajogan will work to create a dream world for you. Where you can sleepwalk through life, and never have to address your flaws, mistakes, or weaknesses. Millions of people live their lives this way. However, they cannot sleep forever, one day they are going to have to wake up. When they do, they are confronted with a reality that they simply can’t handle. They are disappointed in life and with themselves, because they hate the way they look in pictures without them being touched up with photo-shop.

The ajogan also work by pulling people down. People who suffer from depression and feelings of unworthiness are most susceptible to the ajogan. Depression, low self-confidence, and feelings of unworthiness are symptoms of energy not flowing smoothly through the body. In fact, energy gets stale, and the ajogan feed on this energy like vultures eating a dead corpse. The ajogan will bring you down to an ultimate low and turn your life into the “Hell” that is described in
Dante’s Inferno.

We can combat the ajogan by staying close to the earth and understanding our true nature. This means that we need to take the time to reflect and meditate. We must also work to acknowledge our flaws and shortcomings. Some of us need to come to the realization that we are perfect just the way we are!

Yamaya Cruz is the author of When The Shadows Began To Dance. She writes about African spirituality, chakra healing, shamanism and much more. For more information go to

Yamaya Cruz


Yamaya Cruz is an author of New Thought. She has traveled to the deepest parts of Africa to learn the secrets of the Zulus. She has studied with a shamanic midwife from South America, learned about the chakra system from a seasoned Yogi and studied the secrets of Tantra from a Greek master. She currently holds a Masters degree in Leadership & Management, and works as a spiritual/life coach and intuitive healer. Yamaya Cruz is also an expert author, novelist, and student of Ifa.

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