Mysteries and Secrets of Voodoo, Santeria, and Obeah

Mysteries and Secrets of Voodoo, Santeria, and Obeah

by Lionel and Patricia Fanthorpe
     
 

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ISBN-10: 1550027840

ISBN-13: 9781550027846

Pub. Date: 07/30/2008

Publisher: Dundurn Press

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

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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?

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781550027846
Publisher:
Dundurn Press
Publication date:
07/30/2008
Series:
Mysteries and Secrets Series, #14
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
256
Sales rank:
901,655
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.70(d)

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Table of Contents


Foreword   Canon Stanley Mogford, MA     9
Introduction     13
The Ancient Origins of African Magic     15
The Gods of Prehistoric Africa     28
The Slave Trade and its Consequences     45
Christianity Encounters the Old African Religions     57
Strange Religious Hybridization     72
The Principles of Santeria, Voodoo, Obeah, and Similar Religions     87
Hypnotic Liturgies and Rituals     107
The Power of Religious Music, Drumming, and Dancing     127
Strange Ceremonies and Sacrifices     136
The Powers of the Priest     153
The Powers of the Priestess     167
Voodoo Dolls and Talismans     181
Spells, Incantations, and Magical Ingredients     207
Sexual Magic     218
Case Histories     234
When Voodoo Works, How Does it Work?     245
Bibliography     250

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