Jambalaya: The Natural Woman's Book of Personal Charms and Practical Rituals Paperback – 28 Jan 1991
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""Jambalaya is a gift, open to all people, a gift of an ancient tradition, a gift of stories and celebrations, a gift of Teish's own history and voice, the voice of a strong, knowledgeable, and wise black woman." -- Starhawk, author of "Truth or Dare""A book of startling remembrances, revelations, directives, and imperatives, filled with the mysticism, wisdom, and common sense of the African religion of the Mother. It should be read with the same open-minded love with which it was written." -- Alice Walker, author of "The Color Purple""Teish reveals a wealth of new visions and ancient wisdom from a cultural heritage unknown to most readers. To a style of writing that is friendly and relaxed, Teish adds the spice of her wonderful sense of humor. This is a book that sharpens the intuitive sense in each of us and encourages us to that inner knowlcdge." -- Merlin Stone, author of "When God Was a Woman"
About the Author
Born and raised in New Orleans, Luisah Telsh is a priestess of Oshun in the Yoruba Lucumi tradition. She teaches classes on African goddesses, shamanism, and the Tambala tradition.
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Being of a Western mindset, I eventually gave up ever trying to find some way to make voudou more accessable to me. I may be African-American, but I'm neither African nor Cuban. Teish's book is primarily about the voudou of New Orleans, which is mixed with Catholicism, Amerind and Western pagan traditions. I think I've found in-road.
Want the story on the woman responsible for modern American Voudou, Man'zelle Marie LaVeau? On the voudou-Catholic connection? On how the Seven African Powers relate to the saints, the planets and the elements? On what is meant by "the devil is beating his wife?" Want to get scared out of making a spirit doll for yourself? How about getting guided away from hexing as a way of life?
This ... is a good book. If you've gotten frustrated when trying to learn about voudou, this is a great place to start.
You will find stories related to the history of Black Americans and the hardships they went through, Luisa's poems, and chants and rituals for different occasions.
Here is one blessing chant:
"To my kindred ___ [name the person an place where they live]
May the blessing of the spirit be upon you.
May you be your best self.
May you walk in beauty.
May your guides be with you at every crossroads.
May you be honorable greeted when you arrive."
You will find information on seven African powers - Ellegua, Obatala, Yemaya, Oya, Oshun, Chango, Ogun - and the corresponding Haitian Loas - how to get in tune with these energies and honor them, how to create cleansing baths, how to work with candles, how to set up your altar, how to practice water gazing, how to create charms and rituals for purification, healing, abundance, relationships, for peace at home and protection and many other things.
There is a blessing you can use while cooking and here is a lovely prayer for mealtime:
"O Great Mother, who bestows abundance upon us,
We thank you for the living things [name the things you are eating]
That have sacrificed their lives to nourish us.
We take this offering into our bodies that we may be strong.
Make us strong, Abundant Mother, that we may be able to replenish the earth."
More than just charms and rituals in this book, I have truly enjoyed partaking of Luisa's heartwarming spirit.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Such a great and dear book, written in such and insightful and vivid way.Published 5 months ago by Amazon Customer
I cannot emphasise how fantastic this book is.
And how much it's inspired me.
Beautifully written with a colourful mix of memoir and practice
A must have book
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