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""Jambalaya is a gift, open to all people, a gift of an ancient tradition, a gift of stories and celebrations, a gift of Teish's own history and voice, the voice of a strong, knowledgeable, and wise black woman." -- Starhawk, author of "Truth or Dare""A book of startling remembrances, revelations, directives, and imperatives, filled with the mysticism, wisdom, and common sense of the African religion of the Mother. It should be read with the same open-minded love with which it was written." -- Alice Walker, author of "The Color Purple""Teish reveals a wealth of new visions and ancient wisdom from a cultural heritage unknown to most readers. To a style of writing that is friendly and relaxed, Teish adds the spice of her wonderful sense of humor. This is a book that sharpens the intuitive sense in each of us and encourages us to that inner knowlcdge." -- Merlin Stone, author of "When God Was a Woman"

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Born and raised in New Orleans, Luisah Telsh is a priestess of Oshun in the Yoruba Lucumi tradition. She teaches classes on African goddesses, shamanism, and the Tambala tradition.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: HarperOne; Reprint edition (March 3, 1988)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0062508598
  • ISBN-13: 978-0062508591
  • Product Dimensions: 5.3 x 0.6 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (71 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #73,572 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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As a Northern black kid raised by Southern black parents, I recommend this book to people raised like me. It answers about as many questions as it raises.

Being of a Western mindset, I eventually gave up ever trying to find some way to make voudou more accessable to me. I may be African-American, but I'm neither African nor Cuban. Teish's book is primarily about the voudou of New Orleans, which is mixed with Catholicism, Amerind and Western pagan traditions. I think I've found in-road.

Want the story on the woman responsible for modern American Voudou, Man'zelle Marie LaVeau? On the voudou-Catholic connection? On how the Seven African Powers relate to the saints, the planets and the elements? On what is meant by "the devil is beating his wife?" Want to get scared out of making a spirit doll for yourself? How about getting guided away from hexing as a way of life?

This ... is a good book. If you've gotten frustrated when trying to learn about voudou, this is a great place to start.
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I loved the fact that Teish put this book in the context of returning home and telling her personal story of coming to Voodoo. As a black woman who is drawn to many Pagan paths but especially looking for something that reflects my ancestry, this book really reverberated with me. Teish includes everything from the beginnings of Voodoo in W. African and its development in America, to altars for specific Gods, humorous anecdotes, spells for many purposes, etc. etc. etc. A much-overlooked but much-needed addition to any Pagan library.
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So many books on Spirit set off my bog-o-meter, but this is not one of them. Teish is a fabulous teacher, story-teller, and leader. I refer to my copy of _Jambalaya_ so often, I've really got to get a new copy.
A beautiful book about a beautiful spiritual path.
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I originally purchased this book back in the early 90's when I was just getting involved in my African culture. I am African-American and anything affiliated with my ancestry, I wanted to know about. Although this book isn't really traditionally Yoruba (which I am now), it will introduce African spirituality to those who are a bit leery of investigating this beautiful religion. The memoirs of Iya Teish are wonderful and she really opens you up to the possibility of magic. I work in a bookstore and I frequently reccomend it to young black women on a spiritual quest.
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By Jet on December 22, 2002
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This book left me in absolute awe. Luisah Teish is an amazing author. I half to say that this is by far one of the best books I have ever had the pleasure of owning. Teish presents an clear and concise work, complete with exercises, charts, and a myriad of other things. I had recently been in contact with Teish via On-line E-mail, I wrote her asking some questions about her book and if it could apply to males such as my self also. She was quick to respond and gave me all the information I wanted. Unlike many authors whom Ive written, Teish was kind, and generous with he advice. She explained that allthough her book was aimed at women, that males could use the information in her work aswell, i have found that it has deepened my understanding of my spiritual path and helped me more to grow in respect for the Goddess in every woman. Thank you Teish for this wonderfull, deeply profound work.
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I bought this book for research, and it more than met my expectations. In fact, I couldn't put this book down until I'd read it cover-to-cover! Ms. Teish weaves a compelling first-person story, balanced with rituals and work.

Whether you're a woman looking for spiritual answers in a confusing and conflicted world, an historian surveying cross-cultural religious traditions, or a beginner curious about the spiritual options of Voudou, this book is tremendous and worth looking for. It's a page-turner, no matter what your background and interests.
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As an individual seaching for my own life path, I can really relate to this book - it certainly made me want to find out more about my ancestor's religion and teachings!
The combination of her journey towards spiritual discovery and the practical lessons at the end of each chapter will appeal to both those who learn through both story and those who learn through practical application. I found the combination kept me reading from beginning to end!
Being new to the Yoruba teachings, this book affirmed to me that this is the path for me - some readers may find like me that they either 'know' or are doing some of the things instinctively. I recommend this as a read for anyone seeking their life path and who have a feel for the Yoruba Religion.
One thing though - why does it take so long for stuff like this to reach the shores of the UK?
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I was looking for a book that would give me some answers regarding voudun in New Orleans, which my parents are from and I felt this book was very helpful and knowledgeable. I'm an African American R.N. and Reiki Master in California and I just felt this book has enhanced my healings for me and my clients. Thank You Priestess of Osun!
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