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Oshun’s Pumpkins

The story of the religion of Ifa and the process of initiation 

This story is about how the religion of Ifa made its way from the heart of Africa to the shores of America, was practiced in secret by bondaged slaves, and is now practiced as a powerful religion worldwide! Learn about how one little girl helped unite her community through her connection with the Orisha Oshun.

“In West Africa, the Yoruba people believe in a religion called Ifa that began long before anyone remembers. This religion traveled to the Americas, the Caribbean, and all the places where kidnapped Africans were forced into slavery. The enslaved Africans could not bring anything with them, but they carried their beliefs and practices in their hearts and minds. Today, many people all over the world follow Ifa."

Hey there...

I’m Miki

I’m an artist, writer, poet, storyteller, and community organizer. I am also a priestess of Oshun in the Yoruba Ifa religious tradition. I live in Schenectady, NY. with my rescue cat, Ellie. Mother of four, grandmother of five plus one great grandson, I love the out-of-doors, gardening, camping, hiking, biking and skiing.

I was initiated as an adult into the priesthood, but in “Oshun’s Pumpkins”, I re-tell my experiences through the eyes of a child. My granddaughter was initiated when she was four; this is the book I wish she had when she was a child.

About a month after publishing Oshun’s Pumpkins, I produced a Spanish version of the story because many believers in this tradition come from Cuba, Puerto Rico, and other Spanish-speaking countries. So now, you can purchase the book in either language.

As time goes on I'll be publishing books about other Orishas, so keep your eyes open.

Books I’ve written

Aisha did not want her life to change, but when she learns of her connection with Oshun, the African Yoruba river goddess of beauty and creativity, a miracle happens.

Kalim’s Uncle George falls down a steep hill and lays there, unconscious. Should Kalim go down the hill and help Uncle George or leave him there and run for help?

What People Are Saying

Oshun's Pumpkins is a wonderful story that takes children inside a brand new culture they may not be familiar with and journey with a young girl through her own journey of self discovery. Beautifully written and illustrated. A book your kids are sure to enjoy.

Aaron

This traditional African tale immediately captivated my interest and my heart. The story is meaningful but simple, and the illustrations are gorgeous. I am an educator in an elementary school and will add this too my collection to be used to delight all ages, as well as an exemplar text for writing with descriptive words. Thank you for expanding my horizons with this story.

Dianne W.

The gorgeous illustrations and tenderly engaging storyline draw the reader into learning about a powerful and fascinating cultural legacy.

Mary O’Keeffe
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Miki Conn

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My Book

Oshun’s Pumpkins

Aisha did not want her life to change, but when she learns of her connection with Oshun, the African Yoruba river goddess of beauty and creativity, a miracle happens. Aisha discovers a magical gift of pumpkins right in her own backyard! This story shows how a girl connects with her ancestry and greater community. It is a wonderful introduction to traditional African religion.

My Book

Drumming for Ogun

Kalim’s Uncle George falls down a steep hill and lays there, unconscious. Should Kalim go down the hill and help Uncle George or leave him there and run for help?

This is the story of a boy who discovers his relationship with the mighty African god, the Orisha Ogun – one of the gods who helped prepare earth for humankind. When Kalim and Uncle George go to a Tambour or Drumming (an invitation for the Orishas to come and talk with people) Ogun appears.

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What You'll Find Inside The Book

Learn about other religions in addition to Christianity which are rich, fulfilling and steeped in history!

Discover how Santeria/Ifa was brought to North and South America and the Caribbean through slavery

Find out  what Orishas are and why children of Oshun should not harm a pumpkin.

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The history of the religion of Ifa is a rich one, one that has crossed continents, time, bondage and cultures and still endures today!

In this book, author Miki Conn tells the story of a child's experiences in the Yoruba religion, Ifa, including her initiation as a priestess and her relationship with the Orisha Oshun, one of the religion’s goddesses. Experience the wonderful world of Ifa and enrich your life whether you are a child or adult.

You’ll also enjoy colorful and friendly illustrations, by illustrator Zuri Book Pros, that help guide the narrative of the protagonist as she cultivates a relationship with Orisha Oshun!

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