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Encyclopedia of Spirits: The Ultimate Guide to the Magic of Fairies, Genies, Demons, Ghosts, Gods & Goddesses

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Most Helpful Favorable Review

4 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

An excellent reference book for a home library.

The information and details provided by this book are outstanding. It provides a good general overview of a spirit with a information block at the end. I highly recommend this book to anyone who has an interest in folklore, paranormal, or paganism. I am highly satisfied...
The information and details provided by this book are outstanding. It provides a good general overview of a spirit with a information block at the end. I highly recommend this book to anyone who has an interest in folklore, paranormal, or paganism. I am highly satisfied with my purchase.

posted by Mister-Me on January 23, 2010

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I like some of the author's work HOWEVER it concerns me as a practitioner of both Santeria and European spellwork techniques how carelessly she mixes the two. I do not mix them and for good reason - they will often conflict with each other. For example, she says a good...
I like some of the author's work HOWEVER it concerns me as a practitioner of both Santeria and European spellwork techniques how carelessly she mixes the two. I do not mix them and for good reason - they will often conflict with each other. For example, she says a good love charm involves pink and red roses but if one wants to appeal to Oshun to use yellow. Do not. In European tradition (where the charm is from) yellow is representative of infidelity. Mixing simply does not work. She urges people to appeal to the orishas in ways I cannot help but think she flat out made up. It is insulting to true practitioners of Santeria. I am of European descent and was not born into it. People have died protecting their traditions and the orishas have been very spevific in how they want to be honored. Her making stuff up is at best disrespecful (could she not find a santero to ask?) At worst it is dangerous. She describes the "orisha model of worship". ??? The orishas are not gods, and they are venerated, not worshipped. Further it is unlike other traditions so why try to draw a parallel? I hope she was honestly misled and not doing some cultural appropriation based on feeling entitled to do so....reading this made me think of the Orientalists.

posted by 17540132 on November 19, 2013

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