- Paperback: 192 pages
- Publisher: New Falcon Publications,U.S. (1 Jan. 1994)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1561840599
- ISBN-13: 978-1561840595
- Product Dimensions: 14.6 x 1.9 x 22.2 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 786,901 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Urban Voodoo: Beginner's Guide to Afro-Caribbean Magic: A Beginner's Guide to Afro-Caribbean Magic Paperback – 1 Jan 1994
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This book fills a long-standing need in literature: Voodoo, Santeria, and Macumba as practised today in cities throughout the Western world. It is not another history or sociological study, but a candid personal account by two who came to "the religion" from the outside. It includes descriptions of the phenomena triggered by Voodoo practice, divination techniques, spells and a method of self-initiation.
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The book is VERY oriented towards a Western magic "grab" of African and Carribean traditions and symbols. It seems that the authors are very anti-Christian and let that bias affect their outlook on Santeria/Voodoo/Vodou, etc. and allows them to make a very tedious connection between the cult of Dionysius and "Voodoo". The authors also bring lots of euro-magic into the mix and try to simplify things like Ifa divination. Another example is possession. They suggest sitting in a straight-backed chair and focusing on a crystal while listening to Tibetan chants. (for contrast, see the excellent Mama Lola for a book that's really about Vodou in an urban setting).
Overall, the book is an interesting read, but think of it as entertainment. Yes, there are sections that have useful information and make logical and probably correct deductions, but overall, not the best book to get if you're interested in truly learning the Afro-Carribean traditions.
--Len @ The New Orleans Cemetery & Voodoo pages
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The key problem is that blood is a very powerful binding
substance, but blood BINDS BOTH WAYS. Do you really want the
spirit of a pig or chicken to bind with you? A Master will
not only know that such a spirit is binding to them, but can
manipulate the spirit in powerful ways, but unless you know
this, DO NOT USE THE BLOOD RITUALS. Rather, go directly to the
very excellant sigils (reves) in this book, and the magickal
formulas associated with each sigil. A sigil is similar to
e-mail, except its email for a particular spirit. It ALWAYS
works, even if you are not aware right away, and sometimes
it will take some time to establish a contact with a spirit
in this way, but this is far better then the blood rituals,
unless you know exactly what you are doing.