I have to admit to knowing very little about Vodou prior to reading "The Haitian Vodou Handbook" by Kenaz Filan but approached the subject with an open mind. I found the book easy to read with a nice flow and the author also incorporated some of his own real life experiences.
Divided into four parts, the book covers the history of Haiti and Vodou, current day practice, the Lwa (the Spirits of Haitian Vodou) and ceremonies. There is also a glossary together with a wealth of resources. You will also find practical advice should you wish to learn more or even go further and become initiated into the its mysteries.
Vodou provided Africans in the slave society of Haiti with a sense of unity and a way to practice their ancient traditions. The handbook describes how many of those traditions have been incorporated to support and shape the religion over time. What is also very interesting is that today's practitioners and advocates are not just restricted to Africans and their descendents, but are drawn from a much wider audience.
I came away from reading this book with a new found respect and appreciation for the religion and those who practice it.