By Rod Davis
This chronicle of Davis's made up our minds look for the genuine legacy of voudou in the United States unearths a spirit-world from New Orleans to Miami on the way to shatter long-held stereotypes in regards to the faith and its position in our tradition. The real-life dramas of the practitioners, precise believers and skeptics of the voudou global additionally provide a extensively various entree right into a half-hidden, half-mythical South, and by means of extension into an alternative soul of the USA. Readers drawn to the dynamic relationships among faith and society, and within the offerings made by way of humans stuck within the flux of clash, might be heartened by means of this certain tale of survival or even renaissance of what can 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 assumption process of the faith is mentioned. Davis increases questions and gives perception into the character of faith, American tradition, and race kin.
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What was of interest to the disaffected of the city was neither the spirituality nor the theology, but the marginality. 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.
Someone else took seven plates of food into the throne room to set before the yaguo, for her spirits. I asked the Cuban santera, Doris, if you could be a vegetarian santero, if there might not be any vegetarian saints or orishas who preferred meatless offerings. She laughed. I ate all my beans and rice and, hoping not to offend anyone, scraped everything else into the trash bin. I filled up on cake and talked to James, a big, quiet man who ran a private security business which employed Lorita's son Andrew.
I'm tragically secular. Those of us who don't know our gods and we first see something as raw and immediate and visceral as spirit possessionas you have, toowe have two responses. Fear, which finds its outlet in cynicism and disbelief. Or awe. " My answer is the same. ROD DAVIS 1 For an explanation of the various spellings of voudou, see page 9. Page xvii ACKNOWLEDGMENTS Thanks first to members of the African-American community throughout the South for sharing with a stranger the most sacred parts of their lives.
American Voudou: Journey into a Hidden World by Rod Davis