New Voodoo Review: Possessing Spirits And Healing Selves

Possessing Spirits and Healing Selves by Rebecca Seligman. All rights reserved.

Possessing Spirits and Healing Selves is a valuable work for any serious student of possession. It’s an academic text, so be prepared. Rebecca Seligman lays out both her personal experience, and her professional acumen. [Read more...]

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Candomble and Umbanda Declared Not Religions by Brazilian Judge!

Caminhada dos Terreiros de Pernambuco photo by Nathalia Verony. Edited for this article. Licensed under CC 2.0

According to a decision by a Brazilian judge on April 28, 2014, Candomble and Umbanda are not to be legally considered religions in Brazil anymore. We have entered the 21st century, but prejudice and oppression are as alive as they ever were. [Read more...]

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Yemaya Shines Her Beauty on New Year’s Eve!

Festa de Iemanja 2013 by Clarissa Pacheco licensed under CC 2.0

New Year’s is a time for huge ceremonies in the Brazilian traditions of Umbanda and Candomble. It is a time for pilgrimages and journeys to the sea to honor this Orixa or goddess.The immense celebrations that occur here are truly a sight to behold. People craft elaborate rafts and small boats on which they float their lavish offerings out to the sea. [Read more...]

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Review: Witchcraft, Intimacy and Trust: Africa in Comparison

Festa de Ogum photo by Pit Thompson licensed under CC 2.0

I’m an anthropologist, in addition to being a Voodoo priestess, and this work is important for the study of Witchcraft, the Occult, and African and Afro-Diasporan Religions (be it New Orleans Voodoo, Haitian Vodou, Cuban Santeria, or Brazilian Candomble) across the globe. Peter Geschiere is a professor at the University of Amsterdam and Witchcraft, Intimacy and Trust: Africa in Comparison is his latest contribution to the discipline of African anthropology. [Read more...]

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