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Spirit mediums are people who have the gift or ability to receive messages from the spirit/ancestor world. In America, spirit mediums may practice African traditions. In Jamaica, spirit mediums are referred to as Mother Women. Spirit mediums are responsible for consulting the ancestors of the spirit on behalf of clients who have come for personal, relational, financial, or health reasons. In ancient Africa, a spirit medium was commonly referred to as a priestess or priest. In present-day African society, it is mostly those persons who have remained a part of the traditional religions who would be referred to as spirit mediums. Spirit mediums exist in many different African religions, such as the Akan, Yoruba, Santeria, and Kumina religions.

In most of the traditional African religions, spirit ...

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