Realm of the Ancestors: Ancestors in Slavic Tradition and Haitian Vodou

Realm of the Ancestors: Ancestors in Slavic Tradition and Haitian Vodou

by Natasha Helvin


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Natasha Helvin examines the material of traditional Slavic culture associated with archaic ideas about death, the dead and their posthumous existence, the soul and the afterlife, funeral and memorial rituals, folklore sources, and everyday beliefs in rural Ukraine/ Russia and Haiti.
The author points out the connection/similarity between Haitian Vodou and the Slavic tradition honoring once ancestors as a foundation, the existence of supernatural forces, life after death, funeral traditions, and much more. The author proposes the concept of a ceremony as a non-verbal message with its own laws of construction and a distinctive kind of poetics. In addition to describing the pagan mythological image of the Slavic world, part of the book is devoted to the Christian Orthodox tradition of church commemoration of the dead. This book also finds information about folk customs, both from Slavic and Haitian cultures. Some general hypotheses are put forward about the typological nature of Slavic paganism and its relation to the Christian tradition (the so-called "dual faith"). The author talks about how the actions of distant ancestors continue to influence our destiny. Natasha Helvin conveys that the ability to learn from mistakes and improve is the basis of both biological and spiritual evolution.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781668561355
Publisher: Barnes & Noble Press
Publication date: 10/01/2021
Pages: 226
Sales rank: 552,877
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.48(d)

About the Author

Natasha Helvin is an author, spiritualist, hereditary witch, and priestess in the Haitian Vodou tradition. She is a passionate researcher of tradition and religion and simply a woodland creature who feeds on folklore and magic! Natasha is involved in researching the paranormal; she uses her gift to communicate and help bring answers and relief to people. She has traveled worldwide to help people deal with the grief of loved ones, making connections with and delivering messages from people who are no longer living to those who still are. In many cases, Natasha performs a spiritual clearing of haunted houses. Natasha grew up in the Soviet state, in a secluded small village among dense woodland and endless rivers. With a deep-rooted connection to the mysterious natural world, Natasha inherited her passion for magic (manipulating the energies) from her mother and previous generations. She learned the ancient secrets of magic, healing, and the boundless potential of the human spirit from her family. As a child, Natasha saw her grandmother and mother use magic in their everyday lives to help neighbors, friends, and anyone simply seeking help.
?Natasha tends to trust in the experience that goes back many thousands of years. Traditionally, man was in harmony with the universe, nature, and essence; he knew how to draw strength from outer and inner worlds.
Natasha believes in your ability to change the world by starting from within yourself. She believes that you can bring peace by first learning to love and appreciate yourself and your ancestors. She believes that rules are not arbitrary but made by you in accordance with your own beliefs. She adheres to the wisdom of her own voice because she knows the greatest gift in the universe is free will—ultimate and omnipotent— bound only by love and ameliorated by the practice of magic.

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