Is voodoo dark magic? Was voodoo responsible for the first (and only) successful slave rebellion in history? Is fear of voodoo justified.
In 1791, during the course of an infamous secret ceremony known as Bois Caiman on the island of Haiti, in the dark of night, Voodoo priests invoked their emissary Loa to aid them overthrowing the brutal rule of their barbaric French plantation owners. What happened next was nothing short of miraculous: The powerful French army was defeated in a vicious, prolonged slaughter. Both the French and the newly-freed slaves credited the potent power of the Loa, the invisible spirits who rode mute along with the rebels on horseback, slaying all in their way with ruthless ferocity.
In this book, you will learn:
- The history of Voodoo from colonial Haiti through its dominant presence in New Orleans today, its portrayal in popular culture, and how Hollywood cop-opted Voodoo and created a whole new religion.
- The Voodoo ceremony, which is an integral part of its power, and how it is performed;
- How Voodoo priests and Priestesses are “possessed” by the Loa, their wild, strange dances that last for hours as the Loa enters the body and “rides” them once summoned;
- Who the Loa are, and how they help their followers through life and prepare the living to cross over to death;
- How Voodoo began in Louisiana and how New Orleans became the center for Voodoo ceremonies and rituals;
- Voodoo Queens and the power they commanded over thousands of people, including plantation owners, politicians, and businessmen.
Voodoo means “spirit,” and followers of Voodoo believe the world is populated with the dead, who attend births and follow the living through the day, watching, and praying for them.
The concept of zombies is derived from the religion’s beliefs.
Voodoo is a religion, not a cult, and it has integrated the Roman Catholic saints; along with their emissaries, the Loa, help to improve the health and the health of its believers and loved ones. Some Loa are summoned for beauty, love, virility, protection, or punishment.