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The Complete Idiot's Guide(R) to Voodoo Paperback – November 1, 2001


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  • Series: The Complete Idiot's Guide
  • Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Alpha; 1st edition (November 1, 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0028642368
  • ISBN-13: 978-0028642369
  • Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 7.4 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #946,820 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

SHANNON TURLINGTON is the author of more than 20 books. She also works as a freelance editor and as copy editor for the arts and entertainment magazine The Spectator.


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21 of 23 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 13, 2004
Format: Paperback
I didn't know anything about voodoo before reading this book besides the stereotypes I've been fed through Hollywood.
This book explains the history of a maligned religion thousands of years old, forged by unspeakable human suffering, and practiced in various places today.
The writer has a gift for explaining things clearly, organizing complex content, and writing in an appropriate tone that both respects the religion and knows when to be fun and entertaining.
My personal feeling is that this book is too good to be part of the usually mediocre "Complete Idiot's Guide..." series. It deserves better production and better illustrations.
Those who rail against this book, in my opinion, just have a voodoo ego that causes them to think their personal knowledge is somewhow greater than the author's. If that's so, I dare you to write a better book.
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17 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Armond on November 1, 2004
Format: Paperback
The compelete Idiot's guide to voodoo .... Don't let that name fool you!

When I first got this book from off of my wishlist I thought: if anything it would be good for a laugh or two.

But, I was very wrong.

This book is a must have for new comers to African based Religons.

Shannon R. Turlington explins in depth about the faith of voodoo, the rites, and the lwa (Voodoo sprits/ansters) but most inportantly this book reveals what voodoo really is, and what it's not.

A profound well rounded belief system of beauty and hope and very much missunderstood to outsiders.

Just because you read a few books on the subject dose not mean you know voodoo, I have read a few books and thought I knew enuff, but now that i've read this book I feel like I truly understand voodoo.

Times have been very rough for the people of haiti and this book tells you the true life horrors that people of Haiti have had to endure for hundreds of years, up untill the late 1980's. In a poor contrary, filled with disease and poverty, there's hope, there's honoer,pride and help... With VooDoo being the beacon of comfort and safety for hattie.

Keep in mind- this book explains voodoo in a whole new light.

It also teaches you the difference between new orleans voodoo and voodoo in Hattie.

If you're looking for spells on the subject matter try Voodoo and Hoodoo by jim haskins.

The compelete Idiots guide to voodoo is the best book (and I dont use that turm losely) for anyone willing to expanded thair minds a great deal. Just from reading this boko i've had many questions from people and i've been able to answer them with truth and understanding.

Don't miss out on this wonderfuly writen book.
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16 of 20 people found the following review helpful By dylan555 on January 16, 2002
Format: Paperback
I have to agree with the first review of this book (the person that actually read it). True, you cannot learn all there is about a religion from a book, however in this book, Shannon Turlington has done an excellent job of mapping it out. I think that anyone who turns to a book as their first stop in researching a new found faith is making an excellent choice. For those who are genuinely interested, I think that this book will do much to fill their head with more questions and curiosity about this religion. Additionally, I think it does an excellent job dispelling myths typically associated with this religion. Please, read the book before you decide its bad, its quite a good book!
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on February 5, 2002
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This book is not a step-by-step guide to how to do Vodou. Rather, it is a complete reference for people who know nothing about the religion or only know what they have learned from the movies. It begins with a thorough history of the religion's development in Haiti, then goes into Vodou's theology and practice. It also dispels widely held myths about voodoo dolls, magic and zombies. Finally, it points to plenty of resources if you want to learn more. At every point, the book discusses the religion and its practitioners factually and with respect. This is a great introductory resource for anyone who wants to learn the real deal about this fascinating religion.
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 2, 2004
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I really don't see where the complaints about sensationalism come from. This book was just the opposite--informative, going over some of the common stereotypes, and a good basic history of Afro-Caribbean religions. As an occultist with a primarily neopagan/Western magckal background, I found this to be a good introduction to this mixture of magick and religion. And anyone who's actually read the book will realize that the references to zombie movies are all at the very END of the book, after all the other chapters and directly preceded by a chapter on theories of what zombis truly are. The movie listing is meant primarly for entertainment (and to show that they're just that--entertainment). As for those who claim you can only learn Voodoo/Vodou from an initiate, well--what about those of us who don't have access, or just want to get real information about the religion rather than hype and stereotypes? I'd say this is a good reference for that.
For those interested in the practical magickal aspects of Afro-Caribbean religions, I highly recommend Christopher Hyatt's and S. Jason Black's "Urban Voodoo" as a companion to this title.
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