Why do Vodun practitioners wear headwraps?

Vodun practitioners wear headwraps for various reasons.  In everyday life, it is a matter of preference.  Some do and some don’t.  In ceremonial situations, a headwrap is part of the costume of some Orishas or part of formal African clothing. Generally, male Orishas manifesting through human bodies or in human form wear a sort of bandana reminiscent of a “do-rag”, and female Orishas, a more formal “up-do” type of wrap.  Eshu often likes a red wrap under …

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What is a House?

In the context of Vodun diaspora systems, a house is basically a community or subgroup of the community.  It may be a local community or an international collection of people united with a particular leader or style.  Some have strict hierarchies and delegations of duties, while others are more like a coven without a serious hierarchy.  Others still are the altar mates of a priest/ess who seldom or never meet each other, but by supporting …

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Are the Orishas or Vodun the same as Angels?

Not really.  Some Spirits that some have called Angels may be Orishas, but they are not really the same thing.  In the west African Vodun Obatala is the king of the Orishas, and the Emissary of the Supreme God (Olorun).  They have many attendants.  In Jewish and Christian faith, these attendants are called Angels. The Orishas embody various forces of Nature, while Angels are beings sent to do specific jobs as individuals.  Though they may have specific duties, …

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Helping Your Root Worker to Help You

Ceremonies and talismans work best when you respect the Spirits behind them.  Here is a guide for helping things along. Offerings Generally, you want your priest/ess to handle the more complicated things, but there is plenty you can do day to day to stay in reasonable awareness.  As a believer in the Vodun, you will find things in your life or at least your emotional state will improve with offerings of dressed candles and incense.  …

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Eshu Summer Festival 2011

Here at SoulMindBody.net, we’re celebrating the summer festival of Eshu.  We have some special package deals at Sheloya Mystical, but those are for people who can afford them.  Many in the world are having a tough time financially, some because of  evil politicians, and some because of evil bankers.  This time of year, our doors and our hearts open to all, regardless of income. Eshu will be at the forefront of our altar for the whole …

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