It comes as a bit of a surprise that it took us this long to get around to discussing ritual tools, but that is our topic this time around on Witchcraft & Voodoo. In New Orleans Voodoo almost anything can be a ritual tool, everything possesses sacred Ashe, the universal life force belonging to all things. This is also common in other African Traditional Religions like Haitian Vodou, Candomble, La Regla Lucumi, and others. I remember the first time I saw an exhibit featuring Haitian Drapo, or ritual flags, over two decades ago. I was amazed at all the sacred details. Each sequin and bead was sewn with care and prayer. They featured anything and everything, and it was truly beautiful.
In this episode of Witchcraft & Voodoo my co-host Sable Arida and I discuss the role of ritual tools in each of our traditions. Please watch as I explain my experience with Vodou Flags, Ritual necklaces in Lucumi (Santeria,) and much more. We even have a couple of instances of show and tell. It was a difficult episode to shoot, primarily because there are so many things in the African Traditional Religions that are not supposed to be filmed, I still managed to include a few unconsecrated items.
Sable Aradia and I began this ongoing video project discussing the similarities and differences between our respective traditions of Witchcraft & Voodoo in 2016. Since then we have discussed in depth the important issues and questions surrounding topics such as : Deities, Money, Sex, Divination, Food, Cultural Appropriation, and much more truth about these religions. Please catch up on what all you may have missed here.
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