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The Official Website of The Certifying Board
for Priests and Priestesses of African-Based Religion Worldwide


General Principles

Purpose Statement

The National African Religion Congress (NARC) is an organization that has been established in order to foster unity among all African religions of the Diaspora. NARC was formed in accordance with the mandates of the Loa/Orisha/Abosom for the unification of African-based religions, including the Akan, the Orisa Tradition of Trinidad and Tobago, Ifa, Santeria-Yoruba, Voodoo of Haiti, Candomble and Lucumi. The mission of NARC is four-fold: first, to maintain an organizational structure in which spiritual houses, priests, priestesses, babalawos and interested associates may be represented through formal affiliation; second, to create a registry and system of certification for practicing priests and priestesses; third, to establish freedom of religious practice and to fight persecution of African-based religions; fourth, to preserve tradition and to provide guidance and correct education for practitioners, priests, priestesses, and the general public.


1. All members and affiliate members of NARC MUST BE REGISTERED. In addition, priests and priestesses must be certified upon verification of their initiation and training credentials.

2. An international council of priests, priestesses, and other advisors will serve as board members of NARC. Active board members should have applications and certifications on file and be in possession of a valid NARC-issued identification card.

3. NARC seeks to build a solid and consistent foundation in the protocols of African-based religions. Therefore, it is necessary that board members adhere to the dogmas and beliefs as set forth by NARC in all of their public statements, speeches, writings, and other literature. In order to counter negative stereotypes and to advance legitimate representations of African religions, NARC stipulates that all board members refrain from characterizations of the Forces of African-based religions as polytheistic, pagan, fetishistic, or akin to Greek and Roman mythology, e.g., gods and goddesses.

4. NARC seeks to promote the character and integrity of African traditions. It is the position of NARC that in order to re-establish the credibility of African-based religions, practitioners should return to the time-honored protocols by separating outside and external influences from their practices. For example, if a tradition demands seven years of training for priesthood, practitioners should not change this. If a tradition requires seven days for initiation, the tradition should not be altered in accordance with anyone’s own ideas, values, or exigencies.




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