Secrets of Voodoo

Author: Milo Rigaud

Publisher: City Lights Books

ISBN: 9780872861718

Category: Body, Mind & Spirit

Page: 219

View: 1273

Secrets of Voodoo traces the development of this complex religion (in Haiti and the Americas) from its sources in the brilliant civilizations of ancient Africa. This book presents a straightforward account of the gods or loas and their function, the symbols and signs, rituals, the ceremonial calendar of Voodoo, and the procedures for performing magical rites are given. "Voodoo," derived from words meaning "introspection" and "mystery," is a system of belief about the formation of the world and human destiny with clear correspondences in other world religions. Rigaud makes these connections and discloses the esoteric meaning underlying Voodoo's outward manifestations, which are often misinterpreted. Translated from the French by Robert B. Cross. Drawings and photographs by Odette Mennesson-Rigaud. Milo Rigaud was born in Port au Prince, Haiti, in 1903, where he spent the greater part of his life studying the Voodoo tradition. In Haiti he studied law, and in France ethnology, psychology, and theology. The involvement of Voodoo in the political struggle of Haitian blacks for independence was one of his main concerns.

Mysteries and Secrets of Voodoo, Santeria, and Obeah

Author: Lionel and Patricia Fanthorpe

Publisher: Dundurn

ISBN: 1459720601

Category: Body, Mind & Spirit

Page: 256

View: 2585

The secrets of Santeria, Voodoo and Obeah are among the oldest enigmas in the world. Their roots go back to pre-historic Africa - perhaps even beyond that. From the 16th century onwards, the slave trade brought these ancient mysteries to the West, where they blended strangely with traditional Christianity: the ancient African gods became identified with legendary saints. This integration of the two faiths slowly evolved to form the many varieties of Santeria, Obeah and Voudoun that are widely practiced throughout the world today. Their characteristic dancing and drumming seem able to invoke strange states of mind in which almost anything is possible. Even stories of zombies - the walking dead - still persist. Is there a rational explanation for them? Contemporary Voudoun priests, priestesses, magicians and enchanters use rare herbs and spices as well as charms, dolls and talismans to control the natural world in ways that science cannot always explain. Accounts of their inexplicable successes are examined in depth. Most intriguing of all are the claims that are made for their love philtres and aphrodisiacs. What powers do these old religions still possess?

Voodoo in Haiti

Author: Alfred Métraux

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9783926112392

Category: Folklore

Page: 447

View: 5071

Slave Religion

The "Invisible Institution" in the Antebellum South

Author: Albert J. Raboteau

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 0199839204

Category: Social Science

Page: 416

View: 507

Twenty-five years after its original publication, Slave Religion remains a classic in the study of African American history and religion. In a new chapter in this anniversary edition, author Albert J. Raboteau reflects upon the origins of the book, the reactions to it over the past twenty-five years, and how he would write it differently today. Using a variety of first and second-hand sources-- some objective, some personal, all riveting-- Raboteau analyzes the transformation of the African religions into evangelical Christianity. He presents the narratives of the slaves themselves, as well as missionary reports, travel accounts, folklore, black autobiographies, and the journals of white observers to describe the day-to-day religious life in the slave communities. Slave Religion is a must-read for anyone wanting a full picture of this "invisible institution."

Secrets of the World's Undiscovered Treasures

Author: Lionel and Patricia Fanthorpe

Publisher: Dundurn

ISBN: 1770703845

Category: Body, Mind & Spirit

Page: 240

View: 7216

Treasures of many kinds still lie hidden below crumbling castles and ruined monasteries; in macabre tombs; in subterranean labyrinths and sinister caverns. Many sunken treasures lie beneath the seas, oceans and lakes of the world. Vast stores of pirate gold are still hidden on many a real life treasure island such as Oak Island at Mahone Bay, Nova Scotia. Many treasures were looted, hidden and lost after the two World Wars - Hermann Goering, for example, one of most powerful leaders of Nazi Germany, is strongly suspected of hiding huge treasures at Veldenstein and Lake Zeller. This fascinating, expertly researched book brilliantly reveals all these unsolved mysteries. The final section covers useful ideas for treasure-seekers: the study of old maps and charts; coded messages; secret symbols; and intensive research into the lives and locations of those people through out history who probably in all certainty, had treasure to hide.

Surviving Groomzilla

Author: Craig Bridger

Publisher: Kensington Publishing Corp.

ISBN: 0806535717

Category: Humor

Page: 192

View: 8985

Groomzilla: noun. 1) An ordinary man who, upon betrothal, transforms into a pastry tasting, "Save the Date" card-obsessed know-it-all. 2) A bride's worst nightmare. Maybe you've never seen one yourself, but he's out there. Bridezilla's evil twin: Groomzilla. He's real, all right. He's armed with color swatches and his very own copy of Modern Bride--and he's here to plan your wedding. . . Once upon a time, wedding planning was the bride's project. But if you're recently engaged, then you just might have a Groomzilla on your hands. Craig Bridger was a Groomzilla, and lived to tell the tale. Inside, he'll help you tame your Groomzilla before all hell breaks loose. You'll get groom-tested advice, tactics, scientific* charts and a free set of steak knives*. It's your wedding. Groomzilla can't have it, but maybe he can borrow it* if he behaves. *Not true. *Also, technically, not true. *Don't let him borrow it. "Highly entertaining and bursting with information." --Jenny Lee, author of I Do. I Did. Now What?! "David Sedaris meets Emily Post in Surviving Groomzilla. . .Bridger's insights made me burst a corset." --Lucy Talbot, author of The Bridesmaid's Guerrilla Handbook

The Best Travel Writing 2008

True Stories from Around the World

Author: James O'Reilly,Larry Habegger,Sean O'Reilly

Publisher: Travelers' Tales

ISBN: 1932361693

Category: Travel

Page: 328

View: 2353

Since 1993, readers have looked to Travelers' Tales for award-winning stories about the world, adventure, spirituality, and the transformative experiences that accompany life on the road. The Best Travel Writing 2008 is the fifth volume in the series launched in 2004 to celebrate the world's best travel writing — much of it never before published — from Nobel Prize winners to up-and-coming new writers. The stories provide a perspective and depth of understanding that can only come from people who have actually been there, and encompass everything from high adventure to misadventure, spiritual growth to romance, service to humanity to encounters with exotic cuisines. Reading the book is like sitting in a café filled with fellow travelers, swapping tales about destinations near and far — readers emerge changed, eager for more, and ready to plan their next trips.

Angels A to Z

Author: Evelyn Dorothy Oliver,James R Lewis

Publisher: Visible Ink Press

ISBN: 1578592577

Category: Body, Mind & Spirit

Page: 432

View: 3932

Written by two recognized authorities on nontraditional religious movements, this resource is one of the most comprehensive books on angels and related topics currently available. More than 300 entries are included and drawn from multiple religions, such as Christianity, Islam, and Hindu traditions, as well as from pop culture. A variety of angel topics are discussed, including celebrity angels, classifications of angels, obscure angels still waiting for their big break, guardian angels, fallen angels, Anaheim angels, biblical figures associated with angels, angels in art and architecture, and angels in the media and literature. Angels are also discussed in terms of the occult and metaphysics, with entries on UFOs, fairies, and witches. A comprehensive resource section lists movies, books, magazines, and organizations related to angels.

The Secret Life of Words

How English Became English

Author: Henry Hitchings

Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux

ISBN: 9781429941570

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 448

View: 6962

Words are essential to our everyday lives. An average person spends his or her day enveloped in conversations, e-mails, phone calls, text messages, directions, headlines, and more. But how often do we stop to think about the origins of the words we use? Have you ever thought about which words in English have been borrowed from Arabic, Dutch, or Portuguese? Try admiral, landscape, and marmalade, just for starters. The Secret Life of Words is a wide-ranging account not only of the history of English language and vocabulary, but also of how words witness history, reflect social change, and remind us of our past. Henry Hitchings delves into the insatiable, ever-changing English language and reveals how and why it has absorbed words from more than 350 other languages—many originating from the most unlikely of places, such as shampoo from Hindi and kiosk from Turkish. From the Norman Conquest to the present day, Hitchings narrates the story of English as a living archive of our human experience. He uncovers the secrets behind everyday words and explores the surprising origins of our most commonplace expressions. The Secret Life of Words is a rich, lively celebration of the language and vocabulary that we too often take for granted.

Mumbo Jumbo

A Novel

Author: Ishmael Reed

Publisher: Open Road Media

ISBN: 1453287973

Category: Fiction

Page: 221

View: 7008

Ishmael Reed’s inspired fable of the ragtime era, in which a social movement threatens to suppress the spread of black culture—hailed by Harold Bloom as one of the five hundred greatest books of the Western canon In 1920s America, a plague is spreading fast. From New Orleans to Chicago to New York, the “Jes Grew” epidemic makes people desperate to dance, overturning social norms in the process. Anyone is vulnerable and when they catch it, they’ll bump and grind into a frenzy. Working to combat the Jes Grew infection are the puritanical Atonists, a group bent on cultivating a “Talking Android,” an African American who will infiltrate the unruly black communities and help crush the outbreak. But PaPa LaBas, a houngan voodoo priest, is determined to keep his ancient culture—including a key spiritual text—alive. Spanning a dizzying host of genres, from cinema to academia to mythology, Mumbo Jumbo is a lively ride through a key decade of American history. In addition to ragtime, blues, and jazz, Reed’s allegory draws on the Harlem Renaissance, the Back to Africa movement, and America’s occupation of Haiti. His style throughout is as avant-garde and vibrant as the music at its center. This ebook features an illustrated biography of Ishmael Reed including rare images of the author.

Hoodoo, Voodoo, and Conjure

A Handbook

Author: Jeffrey E. Anderson

Publisher: Greenwood Publishing Group

ISBN: 9780313342219

Category: Body, Mind & Spirit

Page: 183

View: 1342

Hoodoo, voodoo, and conjure are part of a mysterious world of magic that has long captured the popular imagination. This book is a convenient introduction to the subject for students and general readers. An opening chapter defines and classifies these magical beliefs and practices. This is followed by a wide range of examples and texts illustrating the richness of this spiritual tradition. The volume additionally discusses the presence of hoodoo, voodoo, and conjure in popular culture, whether in literary works or in such films as The Skeleton Key, and it overviews the scholarly treatment of the topic. The volume closes with a glossary and bibliography.

Mysteries and Secrets: The 16-Book Complete Codex

Death / Mysteries and Secrets of Numerology / Mysteries and Secrets of the Masons / Mysteries and Secrets of the Templars / Mysteries and Secrets of Time / Mysteries and Secrets of Voodoo, Santeria, and Obeah / Satanism and Demonology / Secrets of the World's Undiscovered Treasures / The Big Book...

Author: Lionel and Patricia Fanthorpe

Publisher: Dundurn

ISBN: 1459730925

Category: Body, Mind & Spirit

Page: 4358

View: 7710

This special 16-book bundle collects fearless investigations into the paranormal from the pens of Lionel and Patricia Fanthorpe, who for several decades been researching and writing about ancient and eternal mysteries. Their entertaining and thought-provoking works span numerous topics, from numerology, freemasonry, voodoo, satanism and witchcraft to the very nature of death and time. Additionally, they have produced numerous volumes examining the great unexplained mysteries and places of history, including The Bible, European castles, strange murders, arcane objects of power, the mysterious depths of the sea and remarkable people. Take a strange and beautiful trip to the mystical side of life in this special set! Includes Death Mysteries and Secrets of Numerology Mysteries and Secrets of the Masons Mysteries and Secrets of the Templars Mysteries and Secrets of Time Mysteries and Secrets of Voodoo, Santeria, and Obeah Satanism and Demonology Secrets of the World’s Undiscovered Treasures The Big Book of Mysteries The Oak Island Mystery The World’s Greatest Unsolved Mysteries The World’s Most Mysterious Castles The World’s Most Mysterious Murders The World’s Most Mysterious Objects The World’s Most Mysterious People Unsolved Mysteries of the Sea

America Besieged

Author: Michael Parenti

Publisher: City Lights Books

ISBN: 9780872863385

Category: Political Science

Page: 205

View: 2384

Essays offer a critical look at American politics, the undue influence of wealth, income disparity, and manipulation of the media

Magic's in the Bag

Creating Spellbinding Gris Gris Bags & Sachets

Author: Jude Bradley,Cheré Dastugue Coen

Publisher: Llewellyn Worldwide

ISBN: 0738730319

Category: Body, Mind & Spirit

Page: 288

View: 409

What if you could carry a prayer or spell with you all the time? With a specially crafted gris gris bag at hand, you hold the power to attract love, protection, good fortune, and anything you wish into your life. Magic’s in the Bag is the only book that teaches you everything you need to know about creating and using gris gris bags. It takes you on a fascinating and fun exploration of the history of mojo bags and charms, from ancient Greek, Roman, Egyptian, and Celtic beliefs to early Native American and African spiritual practices to modern voodoo in New Orleans. You’ll find more than 75 simple spells to empower your gris gris bag, including enchantments for beauty, fidelity, and creativity, contacting spirits, safe travel, and sweet dreams. You’ll get tips on growing your own gris gris garden. Alphabetical lists of magical correspondences for moon phases, herbs, crystals, stones, and shells make it easy to determine the best time and the optimal ingredients for making your wishes come true.

The Encyclopedia of Phobias, Fears, and Anxieties, Third Edition

Author: Ronald Manual Doctor,Ada P. Kahn,Christine A. Adamec

Publisher: Infobase Publishing

ISBN: 1438120982

Category: Anxiety

Page: 593

View: 9131

Explains the meaning of terms and concepts related to specific phobias, forms of therapy, and medicines, and identifies key researchers.

Mind-Power: The Secret Of Mental Magic

Author: William Walker Atkinson

Publisher: Jazzybee Verlag

ISBN: 3849626989

Category:

Page: 294

View: 6557

Atkinson's work is widely considered as one of the best among the New Thought publications. All his lessons are funneling into one big aim: how mind can conquer matter. Learn how to train and improve your mind and to train your new powers. Contents: Foreword. Chapter I. The Mental-Dynamo Chapter II. The Nature Of Mind-Power Chapter III. Mentative Induction Chapter IV. Mental Magic In Animal Life Chapter V. Mental Magic In Human Life Chapter VI. The Mentatitve Poles Chapter VII. Desire And Will In Fable Chapter VIII. Mind-Power In Action Chapter IX. Personal Magnetism Chapter X. Examples Of Dynamic Mentation Chapter XI. Dynamic Individuality Chapter XII. Mental Atmosphere Chapter XIII. Channels Of Influence Chapter XIV. Instruments Of Expression Chapter XV. Using The Mentative Instruments Chapter XVI. Mental Suggestion Chapter XVII. Four Kinds Of Suggestion Chapter XVIII. How Suggestion Is Used Chapter XIX. Induced Imagination Chapter XX. Induced Imagination In India Chapter XXI. The Ocean Of Mind-Power Chapter XXII. A Glimpse Of The Occult World Chapter XXIII. Self Protection Chapter XXV. Mental Therapeutics Chapter XXVI. Mental Healing Methods Chapter XXVII. Mental Architecture Chapter XXVIII. Making Over Oneself Chapter XXIX. Mind-Building

Bite Me

Food in Popular Culture

Author: Fabio Parasecoli

Publisher: Berg

ISBN: 1847886043

Category: Social Science

Page: 176

View: 1311

Food is not only something we eat, it is something we use to define ourselves. Ingestion and incorporation are central to our connection with the world outside our bodies. Food's powerful social, economic, political and symbolic roles cannot be ignored - what we eat is a marker of power, cultural capital, class, ethnic and racial identity. Bite Me considers the ways in which popular culture reveals our relationship with food and our own bodies and how these have become an arena for political and ideological battles. Drawing on an extraordinary range of material - films, books, comics, songs, music videos, websites, slang, performances, advertising and mass-produced objects - Bite Me invites the reader to take a fresh look at today's products and practices to see how much food shapes our lives, perceptions and identities.

The Drum, the Doll and the Zombie

Johnny Dixon

Author: John Bellairs,Brad Strickland

Publisher: Hachette UK

ISBN: 0575126264

Category: Fiction

Page: 320

View: 4869

When Johnny Dixon, Professor Childermass, and Fergie Ferguson have a party for their friend Dr. Coote, they expect the evening to be a blast - and it is! - but not quite the way they have in mind. As Fergie pounds out a rhythm on a small drum, a howling wind shakes the house and something explodes. Soon Johnny, the professor, and Fergie are in a battle with the fearsome Priests of the Midnight Blood for Dr. Coote's life - and their own.

The Guevara Legacy

Author: J. Choate Parker

Publisher: iUniverse

ISBN: 0595721621

Category: Fiction

Page: 244

View: 347

Provocative fast-paced action story chronicles the confrontation and checkmate of American world power by an Alliance of Middle Eastern and Central Asian Islamic Republics put together by the brilliant new President of Iran, Saladin al Hassan. The powerful but mysterious Compaa del Mundo (CdelM) helps Saladin and the Alliance finesse their objectives. Leading the action for CdelM, Ben and his beautiful wife Elena Garcia Sandoval, heirs apparent of Guevara's legacy, experience the highest levels of international politics, terrorism, intrigue, ambition, revenge, family tragedy and love.