Vodun F.A.Q. Where Do I Start?

Share this…Facebook0TwitterReddit0Pinterest0LinkedinPrintemailThese days, many people of many backgrounds are finding their way to Vodun.  Where to start depends on your own background and tendencies.  People of recent African ancestry may find it easier and more “instinctive” than people of more distant African ancestry.  This does not mean that the person of more recent African ancestry will advance more quickly or have a better understanding.  It does however, help when someone has a genetic connection to …

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Vodun F.A.Q. Ridden By a Sexual Orisha

Share this…Facebook0TwitterReddit0Pinterest0LinkedinPrintemailAn issue that comes up frequently is that a person is ridden or “possessed” by an Orisha that wants sex.  Because it is a benevolent possession, one has some control of their actions, and this may break the trance, causing the ceremony, dance, or the riding to end prematurely, which is no fun for the individual, and a bit of a killjoy for the other participants, if any. Sometimes, it can be quite frightening …

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Yemaya

Share this…Facebook0TwitterReddit0Pinterest0LinkedinPrintemailOther names/spellings/related deities that overlap in the diaspora: Nana Buruku, Yemanja, Iemanja, Yemalla, Iemaia, Yemoja, La Sirene, Mommi Sacred number: 7 Sacred colors: blue and white, aqua and white, translucent/transparent blue or aqua and white Domain: the sea, water, all life on Earth, motherhood/reproduction, cell division, currents Symbols: anchor, mermaids, fish, generally things associated with the sea Yemaya is the mother of all life on Earth.  All life came from the water and requires …

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What is Gris-gris?

Share this…Facebook0TwitterReddit0Pinterest0LinkedinPrintemailA gris-gris (also spelled gri-gri) is an amulet or talisman made by placing particular objects or ingredients into a small package for a specific purpose.  They were originally called “ouanga” or “wanga”, and are sometimes called mojo bags or simply charm bags.  A special type of charm bag that is very popular among practitioners of Santeria is the macuto. Gris-gris can be in the form of cloth, leather, membrane, or paper, clay, foil, wax, …

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List of Known Orishas/Lwa

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Share this…Facebook0TwitterReddit0Pinterest0LinkedinPrintemailThis is a list of known West African and diaspora Orishas, Vodun, Lwa, notable Spirits, and Deities.  I’ve gathered information from a variety of sources.  It is by no means a complete list, and different cultures have different names and pronunciations.  There are said to be over 400, aside of those individuals have discovered and/or adapted to their cultures. MamiWata.com has an excellent page on the relation of the Yoruba and Fon pantheons.  It is …

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What is Voodoo?

Share this…Facebook0TwitterReddit0Pinterest0LinkedinPrintemail Voodoo is a term used to describe a variety of  polytheistic, panentheistic, and hierarchical monotheistic belief systems rooted in West Africa.  Its more accurate name is Vodun, which means the spirits or essences (of nature). At its core, it is somewhat agnostic, in that the vast majority of adherents believe that it is impossible to accurately define or imagine the Supreme God.  So rather than treat the Supreme God as a Santa Claus …

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Shango, Chango

Share this…Facebook0TwitterReddit0Pinterest0LinkedinPrintemailHot blooded heat incarnate He is fire and lightning. If you’re good he is a light But if you’re bad he’s frightning. Shango (also spelled Chango or Xango)is the Orisha of fire, lightning, dance, and martial arts. He had three wives: Oya, the Orisha of home, hearth, and marriage; Oshun, the Orisha of beauty, prosperity, and dance; and Oya, the Orisha of wind, storms, thunder, and change. There are many apatakis about his firey …

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Oya, Yansa

Share this…Facebook0TwitterReddit0Pinterest0LinkedinPrintemailWind in her hair Lightning in her eyes Storms in her voice And thunder in her thighs! Sacred number: 9 Sacred colors:  Brown, orange, purple, arterial blood red, deep red, burgundy, maroon, rainbow plus black, brown, and white Symbols and Embodiments: Storms, wind, whirlwinds, hurricanes, storm and/or disease vector symbols, chaos symbol (cross of two or four arrows) with whirlwind (tapering zigzag), more symbols below… Oya is the Orisha of wind, storms, thunder, and …

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Esu, Exu, Elegua, Legba

Share this…Facebook0TwitterReddit0Pinterest0LinkedinPrintemail Oh Great Exu, Keeper of the Gate! Between life and death, The physical and spiritual realm, The seen and the unseen, The known and the unknown, Please accept our humble invitation, To join in this feast. We ask your permission, To commune with our Ancestors, And with the Lwa who came before. Oh Great Exu, Keeper of the Gate! Please open the gate for us. Disclaimer: Different sects, families, and groups have different …

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