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Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Want to Read saving…. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Other editions. Enlarge cover. Error rating book. Refresh and try again. Open Preview See a Problem? Details if other :. Thanks for telling us about the problem. Return to Book Page. Preview — Secrets of Voodoo by Milo Rigaud. Secrets of Voodoo by Milo Rigaud ,. Robert Cross Translation. Secrets of Voodoo traces the development in Haiti and the Americas of this complex religion from its sources in the brilliant civilizations of ancient Africa.
This book presents a straightforward account of the gods of loas and their function, the symbols and signs, rituals, and the ceremonial calendar of Voodoo; and the procedures for performing magical rites are given. Rigaud makes these connections and discloses the esoteric meaning underlying Voodoo's outward manifestations, which are often misinterpreted. Translated from the French by Robert B.
Drawings and photographs by Odette Mennesson-Rigaud. Milo Rigaud was born in Port au Prince, Haiti, in , where he spent the greater part of his life studying Voodoo tradition.
In Haiti he studied law, and in France ethnology, psychology and theology. The involvement of Voodoo in the political struggle of Haitian blacks for independence was one of his main concerns after he returned to his country.
Get A Copy. Paperback , pages. More Details Original Title. Other Editions 4. Friend Reviews. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. To ask other readers questions about Secrets of Voodoo , please sign up. Lists with This Book. Community Reviews. Showing Average rating 3. Rating details. More filters. Sort order. Start your review of Secrets of Voodoo. Oct 20, Heather rated it liked it Recommends it for: Ralph. This book is hardcore, fullthrottle Vodou from a Haitian, translated from French.
Real deal. The massive detailed missives add a whole new level to Vodou rituals. But I think it is a sign of the time in which he grew up as a Black Caribbean man that Ethiopia and Moses and Sheeba are mentioned a lot.
It's the same time when Rastafarian events began. But also, I think he also uses the Bible to give Vodou a credibility it doesn't in my opinion need. It can stand on its own.
However, I am not sure a This book is hardcore, fullthrottle Vodou from a Haitian, translated from French. However, I am not sure about the masons and geomancy stuff - where did that come from? Is that to connect Vodou to European magical practices? He even talks about Hermeticism. The thing is, I bet if I could read French, in the original version these Europeans systems of magic might make sense connected to Vodou.
Even the Cabballa is mentioned - decades before Madonna ruined it for everyone. But why does he constantly call it a solar religion? I don't remember ever hearing about anyone in Haitian Vodou using Western astrology and casting charts of patients either. But he says that the lwa are the "heavenly bodies, stars, and planets". And Erzuli Freda Dahomey is white or of mixed race in every book I've seen and conversation I've had about Vodou, yet he says she's "a dark skinned Ethiopian woman".
Again, the times? I am impressed by the pages of names of the lwa, but wish he'd have stated what they do. With the few he does talk about confuses me. The Marassah I assumed were the twin children, but he says they are "The sun in magic regency of the sky through birth and rebirth. Legba is Christ. Erzuli is the Virgin. Danballah somehow creates the rest of the Trinity. So while there is some good stuff in here, it's pretty confusing.
I know Vodou is not the same town to town, and it has probably changed a lot since the 50s and 60s. So some of the facts that I question may actually have been real Vodou somewhere sometime.
They may still be. But I do think this is a good book for someone who knows a lot already and wants to add a new layer to their understanding. View 1 comment. Esoteric and nuanced study of Voodoo as practiced in Port-au-Prince, Haiti. While the author makes clear that his work is specific to the Port-au-Prince Voodoo religion, I'm thankful I came to this work having read Zora Neal Hurston's Tell My Horse, a more generalized but no less important work on Haitian Voodoo.
Wow I can only say wow. Wow, wow, wow, wow, wow. I wish there was more that I could say but as a Haitian woman I am rendered speechless by this accurate explanation of vodou.
By far it is the only one of it's kind that I have ever come across. Mar 27, Melissa Pawless rated it it was amazing. This is very educational and informative on ancient African voodoo. If you are wanting to know more about the rituals of voodoo and how it is performed then this is the perfect book to read. Aug 21, Lara Garbero Tais marked it as abandoned. ENG: I am having a very hard time finishing this book. So far it seems mostly a very dry inventory of external tools of voodoo with no regard for purpose or cosmology, and I am not at all closer to feeling the religion after reading it.
Honestly, it doesn't really sound like the author feels it either. He sounds a lot like an anthropologist describing a faith he does not share and kinda disdains, but of which he is still weirdly possessive. The whole book gives out this vibe of 'Look but don't to ENG: I am having a very hard time finishing this book. The whole book gives out this vibe of 'Look but don't touch, also, wait, don't look too much either. I'll tell you what you need to know'. So pretty boring and stuck up so far.
I'll try to finish it in case it picks up later. Dec 14, Jordan Fitzgerald rated it it was amazing. A very good work on Haitian Voodoo by a Haitian Adept. It gives a very broad picture of everything that goes on inside this religion; and it is much more than the spook tales that Hollywood tries to sell. It has a very rich history stretching all the way back to Africa. The author explains this history as well as the many splits and syncretism that one will find today.
He explains a lot of obscure ideas that I have not seen on other works on the topic. A must read for anyone interested in occultism or comparative theology.
Also, there are several Veves in here that are pretty good. Oct 03, Cat rated it it was ok Recommends it for: no one, basically. I could barely understand this book for the life of me. Don't read this book!
Secrets of Voodoo – Milo Rigaud
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Secrets of Voodoo traces the development of this complex religion in Haiti and the Americas from its sources in the brilliant civilizations of ancient Africa. This book presents a straightforward account of the gods or loas and their function, the symbols and signs, rituals, the ceremonial calendar of Voodoo, and the procedures for performing magical rites are given. Rigaud makes these connections and discloses the esoteric meaning underlying Voodoo's outward manifestations, which are often misinterpreted. Translated from the French by Robert B. Drawings and photographs by Odette Mennesson-Rigaud. Milo Rigaud was born in Port au Prince, Haiti, in , where he spent the greater part of his life studying the Voodoo tradition.
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