About Voodoo

@missak (3311)
Spain
April 20, 2007 9:27am CST
Or Vaudou, or whether other spellings and styles. Do you practise it? Are you afraid of it? What are the principal Voodoos (Gods)? What is your preferred and why? Can you explain a ceremony? Where did you hear about it? Why is it so well known and misunderstood?
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@misheleen73 (6037)
• United States
20 Apr 07
well in Cuba, where my husband is from, they have Santeria and Brujeria. Santeria is a form of "white" magic and Brujeria is a "dark" magic. I have heard him tell stories of things, and while he is not a devout believer in anything out of the ordinary. If it is something he saw or experienced and he is freaked out about it, then I tend to believe him. He doesn't "joke" about things of that nature as he even witnessing some things, just tends not to believe. I don't know too much about voodoo although in my mind, I always compare it to the Brujeria my husband has told me of.
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@missak (3311)
• Spain
20 Apr 07
I'm from Cuba too and I know about this. Wven we have our own version of voodoo, in Cuba there are more religions than expected. I know in the province of Oriente, they practice some voodoo because of the haitian migration (Haiti is very near of this side of the island) and that is how I know a little of voodoo and I would like to know a little more.
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• United States
20 Apr 07
My husband is from Cienfuegos area by The Bay of Pigs Invasion site.
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@missak (3311)
• Spain
20 Apr 07
I was born in Santa Clara, by the middle of the island. Actually I didn't know about all this things until I started studiing them and making questions everywhere. Then I found the books by Lydia Cabrera, which can only be bought in Miami, and I loved them, althought they are difficult to understand for non cubans...
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• United States
20 Apr 07
as a christian I am totaly against the practice of this !
@missak (3311)
• Spain
20 Apr 07
Are you against anything but christians? By the way, only catholic? are you against protestants, baptists, gnostics?... Don't you know the voodoo also respects Christ so it is just a different sight of christianism??
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@Galena (9123)
21 Apr 07
it's something I'm interested in from a fairly academic point of view, but don't practice. I became interested when I first noticed how many similarities it has to UK Traditional Witchcraft (not Wicca) I'm very interested in any forms of folk Magic.
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• Janesville, Wisconsin
26 Apr 07
The only Vodoun Practices I do is offerings to Papa Ogun, and Honoring Change. Both are Orishas or Gods of this tradition. They started to appear to me in dream and vision, and lead me to learning about them eventually as I was researching to see who or what they could be. It is misunderstood because The traditions are a secret school and like to keep their practices secret.... and people tend to fear what they do not know or understand, and often this is a very misunderstood Tradition. I learned more about this tradition through my friends on the internet. - DNatureofDTrain
• Janesville, Wisconsin
29 Apr 07
I have been lead into all versions and I have had encounters with other Orishas I just do not know all their names yet, Ogun, and Chango... I have encountered with Native Spirits, Nature Spirits, and even Greek Gods... Most of what I learned I learned first through encounters and experiences and years later when I asked who they were they guided me to it but asking me to search Ogun showed me who he was by saying to type Railroad God in a search engine. Every site that opened up was about Ogun, the Iron Aspect, Then Came lots of Sites about Chango... Any other time I have done this I have gotten sites about the transcontinental railroad without hardly anything about Ogun showing up. So that was a very obvious that Ogun set it up this way so I could understand who he was, and then I so happened to start meeting friends that work with him from many Traditions... The Yoruban, and New Orleans Vodoun versions of his is what influenced me the most, and one of my friends who used to be a Sangoma, and then converted to Christianity later... shrug shoulders.. So she used to support my working with him but no longer supports any Pagan paths. Which is her choice. My beliefs about them are usually centered around my experiences... when it comes to Ogun, I usually work with him through the Railroad aspect, and farming aspect... I have worked with him to prevent and change the outcome in train wrecks and derailments, and he has helped alert me to problems to prevent tradegies on a personal level. I am a Heinzist, Which means I lean all I can from many different religions and live my own path out in truth. So I learn about Ogun through different traditions and then take note of my personal experiences with him, so most of my beliefs and workings on Ogun is what I learned while working with him on my own.... I had validation in a reading from a friend who is a I do not remember the words in his language but he used the Online Screen name Yoruba preist, when he used to run an Yoruban and Orishas chat.... Doing readings and teaching and sharing. I hope this makes it easier to understand.. :). I do not claim to be a traditionalist, as I am a non-traditionalist in most of my workings due to me own eclectic experiences. - DNatureofDTrain
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@missak (3311)
• Spain
11 Jun 07
I am sorry I never gave you feedback for this. I just realized your answer now, when I was browsing trough old posts. It was a very beautiful description of your works and paths. I have similar paths myself. I learn also from all traditions, what you call a Heinzist, but I don't like tags. That is why I made discussions about all the religions from around the world I know.
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• Janesville, Wisconsin
12 Jun 07
Glad you did, I enjoyed responding to them, and well Labels are just human ways of classifying and understanding things, I am not to big on themselves, and I will get fussy over someone trying to give me a label I do not consider myself, or trying to tell me I am not what I am :D. Nice to meet you, and take care. - DNatureofDTrain
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