Misinformation Part 4

@Ravenladyj (22992)
United States
February 12, 2007 7:59am CST
Vodou...thats another one that is totally misunderstood and has a bad wrap....Generally I find that when ppl hear or see the word Vodou (or Voodoo) they automatically think terrible things, black magick, sacrificing babies and animals, zombies, the devil etc etc...which isnt right IMO...but I understand that its because ppl dont take the time to learn the truth OR just dont have access to it and/or have been once again misinformed.... Vodou however can be difficult to explain simply because much like Christianity and Paganism there are different types (denominations I suppose you could say) of Vodou....for example you have the old world Haitian and West Indies Vodou, you have Americanized New Orleans Vodou but then you also have SIMILAR paths such as Santeria and Macumba....BUT here are the basics to Vodou which btw actually (much like the modern Wicca) has many similarities to Christianity. - belief in a supreme being known as Bondye or Gran Met who isnt available to ppl but instead has a "right hand man" (lesser god) so to speak that is accessible - the Lwa are very similar to Christian Saints, they were, when alive, exceptional people, and as a Lwa they oversee various areas of the natural world and the lives of ppl - belief in an afterlife. - as the centerpiece of some of their ceremonies, a ritual sacrifice and consumption of flesh and blood which isnt much different to the Christian bread and wine thing - belief in the existence of 'baka' evil spirits or demons, avoided by most except a 'Boko/Bokor' (a Bokor is generally a loner type person who deals with the darker arts so to speak) - each person has a met tet (master of the head) which is the patron Lwa who is with one throughout life and the one that person is devoted to Followers of Vodun believe that each person has a soul which is composed of two parts: the gwo bon anj or "big guardian angel" - this aspect is that of ones personality and after death becomes an immortal ancestral spirit and the ti bon anj or "little guardian angel" whic is the half that is our conscience and the source of our morality etc..the ti bon anj is the bodies protector as well and the part that keeps us alive. This is also the part that leaves the body during sleep and when the person is possessed by a Lwa during a ritual. After death this part of our soul rejoins Bondye and has no connection to the living at all.. there is a very basic start to Vodou....I'll post more in Part 5...
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• United States
12 Feb 07
Very interesting. An explanation that I can understand, thanks.
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@sunshinecup (7882)
12 Feb 07
Very Interesting, I look forward to reading the next part.
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@Ravenladyj (22992)
• United States
12 Feb 07
which I shall do at some point today..I'm just takin a break in my workout at the moment but I'll definately get back at it later on....I would love for more ppl to share their personal paths/religions and what the basics are etc really since we have SUCH a large diverse group here and everyone could really benefit from learning about others ya know plus I've seen so many hateful threads liek with Muslims which really bothers me to know end...I for one would love to know more and I think that if all the naysayers and haters could stop long enough to actually read/listen etc maybe the general attitude of society could change to a more positive...even if just a little bit, its better than nothing at all ya know....anyway, thanks :-D
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@Ravenladyj (22992)
• United States
19 Feb 07
I'm such a slacker!! I really need to get back at this especially since ppl seem interested LOL which is refreshing I have to say....sorry for the dely everyone...
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@Ravenladyj (22992)
• United States
30 Mar 07
I havent put up part 5 yet because I am a slacking idiot LOL....If you want though we could do a Q&A..maybe that'd be easier or quicker...cause i'm such a slackin idiot LOL Also you could check out OCRT (religioustolerance.org) for info which is a great place to start.... Actually I like the whole Q&A idea though...I think I'll start a couple of threads like that and see how it goes.... LOL but ya, remember I'm a slacker and an idiot so ya GOTTA REMIND ME almost hound me to do these things or I'll completely forget LOL
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@otshock (273)
• United States
21 Feb 07
We can blame movies for most of the misconceptions. The same is true of Wicca and Native American Spirituality. Because of movies, many people believe that all Native Americans live in tipis, wear feather headdresses, smoke funny stuff in their pipes and always rode horses. And because of movies many people believe that the pentacle is a symbol of evil. I find it very agravating sometimes, because they don't bother to find out the truth. They actually believe all this rubbish, because they saw it on television or in a movie.
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@Jennifer21 (2476)
• United States
28 Mar 07
I am very interested in learning more of the Vodou religion and am actually a pagan myself. I believe in many Gods and Goddesses, preferably the Sun and the Moon. I am a white witch. And I am proud of my faith. I have a book on Vodou accually and it is very interesting. It just talks about vodou dolls, magickal sachets, and such. If you are interested check out my blog at www.paganworld101.blogspot.com
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@cyntrow (8527)
• United States
26 Mar 07
I agree with a few of the above posters, you can blame hollywood for much of the misconception. Many movies hold voodoo as it's primary "evil" source for a good Horror film. One that comes to mind is "Angel Heart." Although factually inacurate, it was a great film. I hate to bring this up, but I do feel that a great amount of predjudice against voodoo is racially motivated. Americans especially feel that the only practicioners of voodoo are blacks from haiti and the carribean. The ignorance that can be produced by combining racism with religionism(if that is a word) is incredible.
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@Thomas73 (1467)
• Switzerland
22 Feb 07
Vodun has suffered a lot from Hollywood's Voodoo movies. It is very little understood and widely misunderstood. When you mention it to most people, they'll tell you about those dolls in which you place pins to hurt someone, of zombies, and various other inepties conveyed by the cinematographic industry. What's also funny is that people tend to believe that it's an African 'warping' of the Christian religion. In fact, these two religions are totally independent and unrelated despite having some rituals and beliefs in common. And I love recognising somehow French words in their terminology. 'gwo bon anj' really made me smile when I first heard it. :)
@missak (3311)
• Spain
23 Apr 07
You have totally right, and a very good information!! Do you study/practise it? I kow a little about that, and I wish to learn more. I'm interested in Lwas and legends, such as the personality of Frida, who intrigues me a lot. Can you help me with this? I have made a discussion on that, I wish to see you there.
@Ravenladyj (22992)
• United States
23 Apr 07
I do practice Vodou, its part of my personal spiritual path....What about Ezili (Freda) is it you'd like to know? is there something specific or are you looking for general information on her? and yes I did pop over to your thread actually...I'm goin to put up more info on Vodou but not until after I get back from my trip which will be next week
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@missak (3311)
• Spain
29 Apr 07
Thanks a lot. I'll be waiting for your explanation on the Lwas.
@Ravenladyj (22992)
• United States
5 May 07
I just got back from my trip a couple days ago so I'll be getting it started very shortly (in a day or two)....I just need to get myself back on track
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