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By Milo Rigaud

Secrets of Voodoo strains the improvement of this complicated faith (in Haiti and the Americas) from its resources within the great civilizations of historic Africa. This publication provides a simple account of the gods or loas and their functionality, the symbols and symptoms, rituals, the ceremonial calendar of Voodoo, and the approaches for appearing magical rites are given.

“Voodoo,” derived from phrases which means “introspection” and “mystery,” is a process of trust concerning the formation of the realm and human future with transparent correspondences in different global religions. Rigaud makes those connections and discloses the esoteric that means underlying Voodoo’s outward manifestations, that are frequently misinterpreted. Translated from the French by means of Robert B. go. Drawings and images by way of Odette Mennesson-Rigaud.

Milo Rigaud used to be born in Port au Prince, Haiti, in 1903, the place he spent the higher a part of his lifestyles learning the Voodoo culture. In Haiti he studied legislation, and in France ethnology, psychology, and theology. The involvement of Voodoo within the political fight of Haitian blacks for independence was once considered one of his major concerns.

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