Teaching Myself How To Love: a journey into the spirit of our ancestors (Entry 5)
The Essence of Voodoo
To study the spirituality of a people is to understand their fundamental ethos of and worldviews. Thus; we shall start with the roots of who Africans really were
Every, African spiritual practice is rooted in the belief that everything in this universe carries a spirit. The spirituality is a devout journey into one’s inner self as well as the god consciousness, it is a journey that has the goal to help the growth and evolution of the soul. Within this journey a practitioner is guided by two entities: his ancestors, and the forces of nature personified as various divinities. The ancestor’s represents spirits who have already had a human experience; and thus contributed to the evolution of the soul.
In moments of trouble a practitioner can call upon the spirit of those ancestors to assist them in their journey.
Many of the misconceptions of African spirituality were rooted in the existence of the various divinities. The divinities do not represents gods, they do not represent saints but rather moral principles of life based on the 4 element of nature: water, air, fire, earth. Each principle personifies in various deities to help the initiates see life a little clearer. Unlike the modernized concept of a saint: someone with no flaws, the voodoo deities are revered not because they lack flaws but rather because they shed light on the reality of life, and emphasize the need for balance, a divinity may create chaos in your existence in order to help you regain back the essence of who you are: a balanced being.
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