Publishers Weekly - Publisher's WeeklyOke, a Yoruban Nigerian who works as a Christian missionary in west central Africa, claims that juju --an age-old religion involving animal and human sacrifice, spells, curses and manipulation of good and evil sprits--flourishes in modern Africa. This pulsing first-person narrative, written with freelancer Wright, begins with Oke's cult initiation at age 13, which involved drinking blood. Sections of this report are graphic, such as descriptions of the murder and dismemberment of a white male captive and simliarly horrific activities. Oke and Wright argue that juju inflicts far-reaching damage on modern African society: its ceremonies promote sexual excess, leading to unwanted babies and infanticide; cocaine and marijuana are routinely administered ``sacraments''; juju practice casts a net of general secretiveness and mistrust. The authors' contention that the widespread use of blood in juju rituals (and in Haitian voodoo) is a chief transmission mechanism in the AIDS epidemic merits attention. (Oct.)
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It took me a great deal of time to get through the book because the information is relevant to all of us. I experienced turmoil, pride, and an awakening in Mr. Oke voice to try to get his readers to focus on the positives and negatives of the culture and identity of the African people. Though this book is non-fiction, a certain number of readers will not believe all that was written because the information expresses things the average person has not heard before. The reader is brought into a whole new world where the lifestyle of the participants is changed forever. The practice of the African religion has never been told like it is now. Sacred tradition and religion has played with the minds of many who given the fact that the habitual nature of the individual is not given any circumstance why they should or should not believe the ideal thinking of a juju priest and their individual lifestyle. A certain amount of trust is given to the reader to make their own judgement and by letting the story unfold and come to past it gives a more unobstructed view to the mind of the reader. The main focus is the saga of the author's enlightenment and his quest to awaken the people. He is challenged by those constituents that have given him the authority to carry out the agenda of these spirit gods. Then he becomes the victim of his own progress and demands for satisfaction at home. His message is carried abroad to those that will hopefully become intuned and share the knowledge of this awakened soul. Only time and the encouragement of readers will tell. But, I have been given the chance to communicate on different levels with people of all walks of life who believe in strict Africanism and what the lifestyle of an average person of African descent experiences on a day-to-day basis. The struggle for a dignified existence first starts from their belief in the African religious culture and beliefs that the meanings of these sacrifices are the answer to their earthly situations. It is an enjoyable supplement to the wise teachings of practical behavior. It goes against every standard method of teaching written in traditional religious ideals. This book changes the mindset and mood of the individual.