New PDF release: Haitian Vodou: An Introduction to Haiti's Indigenous

By Mambo Chita Tann

ISBN-10: 0738731633

ISBN-13: 9780738731636

Deeply rooted in Haiti's tradition and held sacred through hundreds of thousands, Haitian Vodou is a joyous and profound ancestral perform descended from the Vodu priesthood of West Africa. This little-understood trust method is without doubt one of the truest religions of the Americas—yet its essence has remained a secret to outsiders.

Written by means of a practitioner of the top initiatory rank, Haitian Vodou is the one e-book that provides a deferential, first-hand evaluate of the centuries-old indigenous culture. From Haiti's tradition and heritage to the sacred ideals, ceremonies, rituals, and practices grounded in ancestral communion, readers gets an extraordinary glance within Haitian Vodou. additionally explored: its dating to different African diasporic traditions within the West; universal misconceptions; Vodou magic and initiations; how hundreds of thousands survived slavery, betrayal, and revolution; and the twentyone international locations of the Lwa, the spirits of Haitian Vodou.

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Courtesy of the author. his or her respects to the god, to remind them of their mortality, exactly as the Christian usage on Ash Wednesday. Similarly, virtually every village has a shrine to Mata Rani. The name means “Queen Mother” but is also the name for the disease smallpox, until recently the great killer of children. The way Mata Rani is spoken of recalls the attributes of Parvati, Shiva’s consort, in the form of the terrible Kali or Durga. ” Hence it would logically be in the power of the mother to prevent it.

We describe how the organization is built up by those who operate them out of the systems of ideas that define social relationships in general and the material apparatus that these organizations construct, maintain, and use. Finally, for the constituency, we look to see who comes to these organizations and uses these organizations, what they use them for, and how this fits in with or reflects the other concerns of their lives. COMMON THEMES Since these several traditions have identified each other as addressing the same or similar concerns, we can ask at the outset what these concerns seem to be, provided that we take the answer as subject to empirical adjustment.

Rather, all the higher traditions do this and the services provided by the religious traditions often overlap with those of others. And eighth, all have a material infrastructure—buildings, uses of space, and iconographies. Each of these eight features calls for distinct observational methods. For texts, the basic method is first to identify the texts that are truly the most salient for the people who define the mainstream of the life of the community, then to read them thematically to look for the main recurrent ideas and the ways those ideas are connected to one another.

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