Iya Ta'Shia Asanti

"This is not a magical, wave a magic wand kind of religion. It is a metaphysical energy that we incorporate into our daily lives, it's a way of living."

Iya Ta'Shia Asanti is an award-winning journalist, fiction writer, poet, playwright, activist, filmmaker and celebrated Yoruba Priestess of Yemoja in the Ifa tradition. Her best-selling book, The Sacred Door, now in its fifth printing, and her work as an cultural healer and seer have been written about in the New York Times, Hollywood Reporter, USA Today, Denver Post, The Advocate and TV Guide.

Ta'Shia's intuitive gifts have attracted thousands to her web site, lectures, TV appearances and cultural gatherings. Her wisdom in the area of indigenous African spirituality drew thousands of listeners and hundreds of callers to a popular BBC Radio Show in Manchester, England. Iya Ta'Shia is the resident Orisa Priestess on Sci-Fi Channel's hit Reality TV Show, "Mad, Mad House," which has aired in America, England, Spain, Australia and Canada to millions of TV viewers. On the Mad, Mad House, Iya Ta'Shia uses both her skills as a priestess and her intuitive abilities to push participants to the limits as they compete for a $100,000 prize. When the competition gets stiff, Iya Ta'Shia invokes the Eguns--the spirits of her ancestors--for guidance and protection, as is the custom in her religion.

Iya Ta'Shia is currently touring with a second book, The Spirits Know My Name (Ase Publications) and is at work on the production of her first TV Series, The Seer in which she has a co-starring role. For more information about Iya Ta'Shia's work visit her web site at www.sacreddoor.com.

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