That is the purpose of ancestral veneration (egungun) in IFA: Yoruba Scientific Spirituality.
Also, Yoruba reincarnation does not believe that once you reach “nirvana” you will stop reincarnating. The Odu Ifa tells us that we will all reincarnate until every single human has reached enlightenment. When you don’t understand this truth about reincarnation, you will not take efforts to improve the conditions of your clan or ethnic group because you think you will escape it in death’s heaven or join another ethnic group in reincarnation.
This has led me to experience one of the most terrible episodes of shyness and depression, I even got hospitalized for this and I was seeking medical help all the time.
Soon, I met some new friends who have helped me increase my confidence and meet new women.
Names like Babatunde (father has returned) reflect the Yoruba notion that reincarnation is a family affair.
This is why ancestral veneration is important in Yoruba.
It just has to have enough of your DNA code for you to transfer your spirit into it.
The only problem is he won’t call me his girlfriend.
It’s strange to read such a thing from a guy like me, especially when you read all my stuff on marriage hating and relationships denying!
I’m against relationships, it’s true, but I’m not against women!
Maybe in the past there were some great loving and faithful women, but this day and age, the only women I meat are horrible, nagging and boring ones. Maybe one day I’d find a real gem among all this rubbish I see in this world, but for the time being, I just say no to their bad manners and men exploitation and I will live my life happily and alone.
However, what distinguishes African reincarnation concepts from Indian versions is that Africans explain that you reincarnate from your ancestors and into your descendants.