Vodou Love Magic by Kenaz Filan download in iPad, ePub, pdf
This combines the teachings of Christianity that Africans brought to America were given and the traditional beliefs they brought with them. Six days of magic spells and mighty words and the world with its elements above and below was made.
Though its authorship is attributed to Moses, the oldest manuscript dates to the midth century. By blending the ideas laid out by the Christian Bible, the faith is made more acceptable. In the Americas, the worship of the Vodoun loa is syncretized with Roman Catholic saints.
However, his greatest feat of conjure was using his powers to help free the Hebrews from slavery. As an initiate to some traditions himself, he should know better. Many patent medicines, cosmetics, and household cleaning supplies for mainstream consumers have been aimed also at hoodoo practitioners. Rootwork or hoodoo, in the Mississippi Delta where the concentration of enslaved Africans was dense, was practiced but under a large cover of secrecy. Like a cheap new age self help book in the style of Miguel Ruiz, it seemed to me that Filan was in a rush to meet some kind of publisher contract deadline.
Another thing I like about him is that he was not afraid to broach the subject of domestic abuse. The newest work on Hoodoo lays out a model of Hoodoo origins and development. Nor was he fearful of the situation of fathers absent by necessity. The word hoodoo stems from Hudu, which is the name of a language and a Ewe tribe in Togo and Ghana. So if you have to go it somewhat alone because the only way you can reach a Haitian Mambo or Houngan is the internet, then this is a decent guidebook.
The mobility of black people from the rural South, to more urban areas in the North, is characterized by the items used in hoodoo. So this book is worth a read. Still, I was almost in complete agreement with the author's attitude to issues of love and romance, regardless of how annoying I found the wording. He did not give the impression at any time in this book that one could do the spells without being a devotee of the associated deities.
This emphasis on Moses-as-conjurer led to the introduction of the pseudonymous work the Sixth and Seventh Books of Moses into the corpus of hoodoo reference literature. This is particularly evident given the importance of the book Secrets of the Psalms in hoodoo culture.
Bottle trees were an African tradition, passed down from early Arabian traders. The Bible, however, is not just a source of spiritual works but is itself a conjuring talisman. He should be encouraging community and its consequent accountability more explicitly. For example, though there are strong ideas of good versus evil, cursing someone to cause their death might not be considered a malignant act. Known hoodoo spells date back to the s.
The neutrality of this section is disputed. They believed that the bottles trapped the evil spirits until the rising morning sun could destroy them. The extent to which hoodoo could be practiced varied by region and the temperament of the slave owners. According to gardener and glass bottle researcher Felder Rushing, the use of bottle trees came to the Old South from Africa with the slave trade.
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