A Study By: Timothy M. Youngblood
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The primary goal of the Haitian vodun (voodoo) ceremony and ritual Music is to honor and summon a loa (a spiritual ancestor) for the purposes of communication. Each loa is associated with a particular song and dance rhythm. A dancer can be "ridden" (possessed) by a loa by responding to the beat of the drums and the call-and-response patterns of the singer and chorus. Drums of the ceremony are played in groups of three varying sizes: the manman, seconde, and bula. Before we get into the information that shows the Catholic Church acceptance of Voo-Doo I want you to notice the cross I highlighted on the Voo-Doo atler.
As you will read in a newspaper article from the Daily Advertiser, here in south Louisiana the Catholic Church accepts voodoo as an approved Church religion and is a part of the "Ecumenical" movement. As you read above the dance is to bring in a demon spirit. The Encyclopedia does not even try to hide the truth about the Catholic Church and voodoo, and states many of the truths that you will read in the article below after the Encyclopedia's definition.
Voodoo, religion of Haiti, also practiced in Cuba, Trinidad, Brazil, and the southern United States, especially Louisiana. Voodoo combines elements of Roman Catholicism and tribal religions of western Africa, particularly Benin. Voodoo cults worship a high god, Bon Dieu; ancestors or, more generally, the dead; twins; and spirits called Ioa. The Ioa, which may vary from cult to cult, are African tribal gods that are usually identified with Roman Catholic saints.
The snake god, for example, is identified with St. Patrick. Other elements of Roman Catholicism in voodoo include the use of candles, bells, crosses, and prayers and the practices of baptism and making the sign of the cross. Among the African elements are dancing, drumming, and the worship of ancestors and twins. The rituals of voodoo are often led by a priest, called a houngan, or a priestess, called a mambo. During the ritual the worshipers invoke the Ioa by drumming, dancing, singing, and feasting, and the Ioa take possession of the dancers. Each dancer then behaves in a manner characteristic of the possessing spirit and while in an ecstatic trance performs cures and gives advice. "Voodoo," Microsoft(R) Encarta(R) 97 Encyclopedia. (c) 1993-1996 Microsoft Corporation. All rights reserved.
This is the excerpt taken from an article printed in the Daily Advertiser
on April 24, 1999 relating to Festival International de Louisiane.
Angelique, the pop star from Benin, Africa did not need to pack anything to remind her of her religion. "In voodoo, there are gods and goddesses in everything," she says. "If I look at the sea, there is the god of the sea. God is everywhere. I don't have to be anywhere special." Many of her songs invoke her belief in voodoo. Her album Aye includes a song called Tombo. It begins: "Come down, Priestess of voodoo, come down teach us your wisdom nothing is certain in this world that is the wisdom of life."
Angelique practices both Catholicism and voodoo. When asked if the two contradict each other, she responds abruptly, almost before the question is finished. "Of course not," she says. "I have no problem at all with the two of them. They go perfectly together. They are both about respect and love for every human being."
The slogan on Benin's tourist posters reads "Benin, Cradle of Voodoo." Angelique was born in the very heart of that cradle, in Ouidah, a coastal town. Ouidah is today considered the center of voodoo in Benin. There are three museums devoted to voodoo history and culture. Outside of the museums, far removed from the museum's scholarship, are the people who live in Oudiah. They share Angelique's reverence and belief. Many also share her belief in Christian religions. In Africa, people mingle their traditional beliefs and indigenous religions with those beliefs from far away lands. And, like Angelique, they see no religious competition. They see only a convergence of beliefs. They personify, perhaps, the ultimate in ecumenicalism.
The beliefs that Angelique holds have long been held in Benin. The voodoo beliefs found in Louisiana can be traced to that country. Ouidah, in pre-colonial days, was the most important port in Benin. From there, many slaves were shipped to Americas.
Angelique says that, in her childhood, she did not think much about the history of her birthplace. It was only later that she began to reflect. "In Africa," she says, "you are welcomed. My house is your house. That's how we got sold." Now her songs, born in the crucible of a tragic history, are full of her reflections. The song Yemandja calls on her religion to right the wrongs. "There is a song coming it's the song of Yemandja Goddess of water we need to invoke her to quench the destructive fire of our rage."
Religion is a consistent theme in the work of Angelique. She is a representative of a continent where spirituality and religion hold sway. But there is something more to her work, a level that goes even deeper than her faith and her music. There is a reverence there. Angelique feels a part of her creations. "I am responsible for the songs I write. A song lives with you your whole life. You don't just sing for singing. I will spend my life being a part of my songs." Angelique is part of her art inextricably bound, body and soul. Her life of religious devotion has made devotion a habit. No matter the cause, she serves piously at the altar. That altar involves Catholicism and Voodoo, to be sure. But it also involves wondrous art. Allah, God-- whatever the name may be-- is surely singing hymns of joy."
Below on the left is a pagan Voodoo alter to the pagan god Oxala/Obatala so called the god of creativity and custom. On the right is the Voodoo love (sex) egg. This is used for casting love spells. Notice the Easter look and the sun rays coming from it, and notice that they even have a cross on their alter. I high-lighted the pagan cross on the alter to show again that it is not of true Christian origin. Also they want to get you involved in foretelling your future with what are called Tarot Cards or Tarot readings as shown below. These things are not from Jesus, but from Satan and are condemned by the true God of heaven.
This is the very thing God warns us all to beware of and the reason is because He knows that a departure from the true God and His commands will always lead people into satinic and demon worship. Please take this Ecumenical movement seriously or you will be deceived into the soon coming beast system, and if you worship the beast and receive his mark you will lose your salvation.
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Timothy M. Youngblood