Voodoo

An Introductory Guide. Voodoo History, Beliefs, Elements, Strains or Schools, Practices, Myths and Facts

It has been a long time since the world was introduced to Voodoo – ever since the Atlantic slave trade brought the slaves out of Africa and in closer contact with the western and European world. But since we first learned of the existence of Voodoo, and up until the present times, our perception of this religion has been clouded by prejudice, fear, and the cloudy lens of sensationalist entertainment. So what, really, is Voodoo? Show More

Voodoo Spirits, Animism, and Ancestor Worship

Voodoo practitioners believe in a Divine Creator, but this god is a distant figure that one can only communicate with through the spirits. So spirits and spirit communication is more prominent in Voodoo practice over an all-powerful deity. The term voodoo, in fact, literally means “spirit” in the local Fon language of modern day Benin.

Voodoo practitioners believe in the power of spirits, which have influence over nature and human existence. Each of the many spirits are responsible for the various domains or facets of life. There are thousands of spirits, which are called “Loa” or “Iwa,” some of which are the souls of the deceased. These spirits can also act as intermediaries between the living and God. This central belief in the power of spirits seems to be a unique combination of animism and ancestor worship, where the spirits of dead ancestors and the spirits of natural elements are powerful forces to which a person can turn to for help.

Many of the actual practices of the Voodoo faithful are actually centered around their relationship with spirits. And contact with spirits is direct – the most direct of which, perhaps, is spirit possession. When a person becomes possessed by a spirit, he becomes the god himself. The spirits incarnate in the body of the person possessed, thus enabling the spirit to literally walk among the living. Show More

Riley Star

I love to write books about alternative religion, occult, and spirituality. My books are written for everyone in an easy to read and understandable style. Some of my other titles available on Amazon (and various other book retailers) are ” Wicca. The Practitioner’s Introductory Guide” (ISBN 978-1-941070-13-0) – ” Paganism” (ISBN 978-1-941070-43-7) and “Demonology: Sorting Fact From Fiction: A Field Guide Of Demons In Christianity” (ISBN 978-1-941070-31-4) …. and many more to come! Many of my titles are also available for Kindle on Amazon and as digital eBooks from various online retailers.

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Quick and excellent read!

Excellent and quick read if you’re interested in world religions. The author is very clear and points out important aspects. I’ve learned a lot about the topic from this, it sorts out fact from fiction! The author also doesn’t pressure you into any beliefs, but to use your own as you read, which I respect entirely. I would recommend this book to pretty much anyone since voodoo stereotypes are everywhere.

– Amazon Customer

Voodoo

An Introductory Guide. Voodoo History, Beliefs, Elements, Strains or Schools, Practices, Myths and Facts

It has been a long time since the world was introduced to Voodoo – ever since the Atlantic slave trade brought the slaves out of Africa and in closer contact with the western and European world. But since we first learned of the existence of Voodoo, and up until the present times, our perception of this religion has been clouded by prejudice, fear, and the cloudy lens of sensationalist entertainment. So what, really, is Voodoo?

“Voodoo, an Introductory Guide,” by Riley Star is a compilation of many of the world’s recent information regarding this previously obscure African-rooted religion. We take a look at the central beliefs, rituals, historical development, and evolution of Voodoo through the years. We learn the role it played in the lives of the African slaves, how it integrated within itself foreign religious practices such as Catholicism and native American traditions and spiritual practices.

Today, Voodoo is a recognized official religion in its home country of Benin, West Africa, and every year, hundreds and thousands of tourists come to partake and to witness the practice of a religion that has since been clouded by superstition and fear. It is to be hoped that this book will also assist in the further enlightenment of the public regarding this essentially natural and harmonious religion.

Voodoo History, Beliefs, Elements, Strains or Schools, Practices, Myths and Facts.