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Jambalaya: The Natural Woman's Book of Personal Charms and Practical Rituals Paperback – March 3, 1988
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About the Author
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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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.
A beautiful book about a beautiful spiritual path.
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.
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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Read this book years ago and had to have it again. Didn't realize how racist it was (meaning the black community not the white) until I re-read it but I'm from the north so I... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
I truly enjoyed this book and the cultural appreciation that the writer has for elders and ancestors.Published 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
One of my all time favorite books on the subject. Such an easy read and very exciting! I love that she makes people of all races feel comfortable, loved, important and powerful. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Katherine