The Ifá tradition places food at the center of spirituality where it functions as spiritual medicine. Medicine in African traditions does not carry the same meaning as it does in the western world. In African religion, medicine is a mixture of specific materials and objects that, when combined, have the ability to affect power in the world. The preparation of specific types of food in the Ifá religion holds just as much weight as the food itself. The centrality of food unites the black diasporic experience, where social gatherings feature dishes that are descendants of traditional African dishes, like Jambalaya. Food also acts as a means of connecting to African history and spiritual practice, rooted in the physical experience of eating.