Author: Lionel and Patricia Fanthorpe
Release Date: 2008-07-28
Genre: Body, Mind & Spirit
The secrets of Santeria, Voodoo and Obeah are among the oldest enigmas in the world. Their roots go back to pre-historic Africa - perhaps even beyond that. From the 16th century onwards, the slave trade brought these ancient mysteries to the West, where they blended strangely with traditional Christianity: the ancient African gods became identified with legendary saints. This integration of the two faiths slowly evolved to form the many varieties of Santeria, Obeah and Voudoun that are widely practiced throughout the world today. Their characteristic dancing and drumming seem able to invoke strange states of mind in which almost anything is possible. Even stories of zombies - the walking dead - still persist. Is there a rational explanation for them? Contemporary Voudoun priests, priestesses, magicians and enchanters use rare herbs and spices as well as charms, dolls and talismans to control the natural world in ways that science cannot always explain. Accounts of their inexplicable successes are examined in depth. Most intriguing of all are the claims that are made for their love philtres and aphrodisiacs. What powers do these old religions still possess?
Author: Milo Rigaud
Publisher: City Lights Books
Release Date: 1969
Genre: Body, Mind & Spirit
Secrets of Voodoo traces the development of this complex religion (in Haiti and the Americas) from its sources in the brilliant civilizations of ancient Africa. This book presents a straightforward account of the gods or loas and their function, the symbols and signs, rituals, the ceremonial calendar of Voodoo, and the procedures for performing magical rites are given. "Voodoo," derived from words meaning "introspection" and "mystery," is a system of belief about the formation of the world and human destiny with clear correspondences in other world religions. Rigaud makes these connections and discloses the esoteric meaning underlying Voodoo's outward manifestations, which are often misinterpreted. Translated from the French by Robert B. Cross. Drawings and photographs by Odette Mennesson-Rigaud. Milo Rigaud was born in Port au Prince, Haiti, in 1903, where he spent the greater part of his life studying the Voodoo tradition. In Haiti he studied law, and in France ethnology, psychology, and theology. The involvement of Voodoo in the political struggle of Haitian blacks for independence was one of his main concerns.
When Voodoo is brought up in discussions, non-voodooists will often make incorrect conventions that it is a terrifying religion that consists of devil worship, cannibalism, Black Magic, and "voodoo dolls". As these might be the common assumptions that one makes when thinking about Voodoo, none of that is connected with the religion at all. In no way, am I expecting you to believe in the Voodoo religion, or in any way am I attempting to convert you to the religion. I'm simply here to educate and teach you that Voodoo is not any of the evil that you just might think. But please do recognize that its followers do not only consists of Haitians or Africans, but many different ethnicities and nationalities follow the religion as well. With this book, I am hoping to teach you about the very fundamentals of the religion. You will understand that Voodoo is not the religion that some think of it. You will get to know about the basics of rituals, the spirits associated with it, what Voodooists believe, as well with the myths of Voodoo debunked. You will get to know a depth of knowledge surrounding Voodoo and will learn much more than what it is needed for the religion.
NEW Second Edition, Published September 14, 2016Most people have heard of Voodoo before, but if you think it only has to do with sticking pins into cursed dolls for the purpose of inflicting pain onto your enemies, you couldn't be further from the truth. Voodoo, or 'Vodou' as it is traditionally referred to, is a modern-day take on an ancient Haitian religion developed by African-Caribbean slave workers on island plantations during the period of French Slavery. Apart from simply being just a religion, Voodoo is actually an entire way of life which is centered around an immense respect for one's elders. This respect is further expanded towards life philosophies and spirituality, and even extends into the realm of a great respect for nature. This book is designed to introduce you to the very essence of Voodoo, and then after you have prepared yourself both mentally and physically to perform Voodoo spells and rituals, you will learn how to put into practice a very basic Voodoo spell and protection charm. While you're going through this book, it's important to keep in mind that, within the practice of Voodoo, everyone is part of the same order, so with a little bit of hard work and dedication, you too can master the art of voodoo and reap the countless benefits that come with it. Grab this book now, and let's get started!
From the concert stage to the dressing room, from the recording studio to the digital realm, SPIN surveys the modern musical landscape and the culture around it with authoritative reporting, provocative interviews, and a discerning critical ear. With dynamic photography, bold graphic design, and informed irreverence, the pages of SPIN pulsate with the energy of today's most innovative sounds. Whether covering what's new or what's next, SPIN is your monthly VIP pass to all that rocks.
Author: Evelyn Dorothy Oliver
Publisher: Visible Ink Press
Release Date: 2008-05-01
Genre: Body, Mind & Spirit
Written by two recognized authorities on nontraditional religious movements, this resource is one of the most comprehensive books on angels and related topics currently available. More than 300 entries are included and drawn from multiple religions, such as Christianity, Islam, and Hindu traditions, as well as from pop culture. A variety of angel topics are discussed, including celebrity angels, classifications of angels, obscure angels still waiting for their big break, guardian angels, fallen angels, Anaheim angels, biblical figures associated with angels, angels in art and architecture, and angels in the media and literature. Angels are also discussed in terms of the occult and metaphysics, with entries on UFOs, fairies, and witches. A comprehensive resource section lists movies, books, magazines, and organizations related to angels.
Groomzilla: noun. 1) An ordinary man who, upon betrothal, transforms into a pastry tasting, "Save the Date" card-obsessed know-it-all. 2) A bride's worst nightmare. Maybe you've never seen one yourself, but he's out there. Bridezilla's evil twin: Groomzilla. He's real, all right. He's armed with color swatches and his very own copy of Modern Bride--and he's here to plan your wedding. . . Once upon a time, wedding planning was the bride's project. But if you're recently engaged, then you just might have a Groomzilla on your hands. Craig Bridger was a Groomzilla, and lived to tell the tale. Inside, he'll help you tame your Groomzilla before all hell breaks loose. You'll get groom-tested advice, tactics, scientific* charts and a free set of steak knives*. It's your wedding. Groomzilla can't have it, but maybe he can borrow it* if he behaves. *Not true. *Also, technically, not true. *Don't let him borrow it. "Highly entertaining and bursting with information." --Jenny Lee, author of I Do. I Did. Now What?! "David Sedaris meets Emily Post in Surviving Groomzilla. . .Bridger's insights made me burst a corset." --Lucy Talbot, author of The Bridesmaid's Guerrilla Handbook
Author: Ishmael Reed
Publisher: Open Road Media
Release Date: 2013-01-29
Ishmael Reed’s inspired fable of the ragtime era, in which a social movement threatens to suppress the spread of black culture—hailed by Harold Bloom as one of the five hundred greatest books of the Western canon In 1920s America, a plague is spreading fast. From New Orleans to Chicago to New York, the “Jes Grew” epidemic makes people desperate to dance, overturning social norms in the process. Anyone is vulnerable and when they catch it, they’ll bump and grind into a frenzy. Working to combat the Jes Grew infection are the puritanical Atonists, a group bent on cultivating a “Talking Android,” an African American who will infiltrate the unruly black communities and help crush the outbreak. But PaPa LaBas, a houngan voodoo priest, is determined to keep his ancient culture—including a key spiritual text—alive. Spanning a dizzying host of genres, from cinema to academia to mythology, Mumbo Jumbo is a lively ride through a key decade of American history. In addition to ragtime, blues, and jazz, Reed’s allegory draws on the Harlem Renaissance, the Back to Africa movement, and America’s occupation of Haiti. His style throughout is as avant-garde and vibrant as the music at its center. This ebook features an illustrated biography of Ishmael Reed including rare images of the author.
Author: Heike Owusu
Publisher: Sterling Publishing Company, Inc.
Release Date: 2002
Genre: Body, Mind & Spirit
Understand Voodoo’s underlying ideas and make use of its power with illustrated instructions and exercises. Use charms to bring good luck to your relationships, finances, and health—or curses to keep away harmful forces and persons. Make and employ the full range of sacred objects, from dolls, candles, and incense to mirrors, musical instruments, and amulets. Breathing exercises enable you to enter trances and contact the unconscious—even the dead.
Author: David Aaronovitch
Publisher: Random House
Release Date: 2011-01-25
Did Neil Armstrong really set foot on the moon? Was the United States government responsible for the 11 September attacks? Should we doubt the accidental nature of Diana's death? Voodoo Histories entertainingly demolishes the absurd and sinister conspiracy theories of the last 100 years. Aaronovitch reveals not only why people are so ready to believe in these stories but also the dangers of this credulity. *Includes a new chapter investigating the conspiracy theories that question Obama's legitimacy as president *