American Voudou: Journey into a Hidden World by Rod Davis

By Rod Davis

This chronicle of Davis's decided look for the genuine legacy of voudou in the US unearths a spirit-world from New Orleans to Miami with a view to shatter long-held stereotypes in regards to the faith and its position in our tradition. The real-life dramas of the practitioners, actual believers and skeptics of the voudou international additionally supply a substantially diverse entree right into a half-hidden, half-mythical South, and by means of extension into an alternative soul of the USA. Readers attracted to the dynamic relationships among faith and society, and within the offerings made by means of humans stuck within the flux of clash, can be heartened via this precise tale of survival or even renaissance of what could have been the main persecuted faith in American heritage. The tensions that experience arisen among Cubans and African americans over either the management and the idea process of the faith is mentioned. Davis increases questions and gives perception into the character of faith, American tradition, and race relatives.

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My former publisher was bought by a multinational conglomerate and the book became a kind of zombi itselforphaned, as they say in the business when a book loses its original patron. All along, voudou priests and priestesses had warned me rather strongly about ''obstacles" in getting to print a book which didn't take a stereotypical view of voudou, or follow the predictable academic catechisms. The book would come out when it was time, I was told. I didn't believe it. I should have. Several years of seemingly endless and often dispiriting rejections and renegotiations became a lingering exegesis of the priestly cautions.

Voudou was not white and it was not of the ruling class, and if you wanted to try to distance yourself from all that suffocation and decay and slow, steady corruption, you would attach to the new perspective of your black-clad, white-lipsticked, alienated freedom anything that could identify you as not being of Them. And so without knowing it, the white exiles of New Orleans, the ones who try to make the bridge between the white and black souls of the city, and all too often fall off that bridge, partook of the political content of the African religion.

As they drove away into the night and I stood along the Square and waved, it looked as if we'd gotten together for a late night drink and now we were all going back home. It wasn't anything like that at all. Page 17 2 Looking for Lorita It had taken me a few days once I got to New Orleans to track down the Reverend Mitchell and thus be a witness to the ceremonies for Lorraine that had culminated at the French Quarter. I almost hadn't found her at all. Hard times had come since I'd last seen her, two years earlier.

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