Start your review of Voudon Gnosis Deluxe Edition Write a review Shelves: esoteric David Beth does a fine job in this handsomely printed Fulgur Limited book of giving readers but a glimpse of the history surrounding Gnostic Voudon. With deep roots in both African and European systems of magic and sorcery, he leaves the scholarly reader plenty of leads to more on La Couleuvre Noir, David Beth does a fine job in this handsomely printed Fulgur Limited book of giving readers but a glimpse of the history surrounding Gnostic Voudon. With deep roots in both African and European systems of magic and sorcery, he leaves the scholarly reader plenty of leads to more on La Couleuvre Noir, La Societe Voudon, and the work of Michael Bertiaux. For people who search for a guide here: you might find less than you expect.
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Lovecraft and deities only know what else. Adam McGee, a scholar at Harvard University, offered an excellent counterpoint: I have to offer a dissenting view, insofar as I must question the criteria by which you evaluate the system as "worthwhile. And morally repugnant it is. Bertiaux writes of Vodou as something that must be lifted out of the hands of Haitians, who do not and cannot understand its complexities.
Bertiaux, by introducing a purposely esotericizing language, seeks to "restore" to the control of white magi a Vodou that he proposes has Atlantean origins. This has precise historical parallels in the way that some Europeans, upon first viewing the Ile-Ife bronzes, that they had discovered the lost civilization of Atlantis because surely Africans could not have produced such sophisticated art.
Having thus expunged from Vodou its most irreducibly Haitian--i. This version of "Vodoun" recycles racist stereotypes of hypersexed black bodies and surely draws on H. In that, I found it less potentially dangerous to the practice of Haitian Vodou than the ever-popular Vodou Initiation Tours. A plastic shaman who has put a plane ticket and a ceremony on his credit card might be taken seriously by a lazy journalist or a well-meaning but naive seeker.
My major beef with Bertiaux comes from his efforts to claim Haitian roots where none exist. Yet as Thelemic scholar P.
Koenig notes : The reader must bear in mind that there is almost no documentary evidence of the History of the O. There is absolutely no trace of either L.
Obviously the History of the O. Bertiaux and Manuel C. Lamparter, and maybe Kenneth Grant, in the late s. Bertiaux admitted that his History outline was written from notes drafted by Marc Lully; and those notes had been lost meanwhile.
I do not believe that Bertiaux made this stuff up out of whole cloth, but I suspect his "Haitian roots" come from his local library. These works attempted to combine Vodou with other esoteric traditions to establish it as a Respectable World Religion rather than a savage negro cult. Their goals were certainly laudable, even if their scholarship was at times questionable Combined with what he gleaned from Hurston , Deren , Seabrook and other Anglophone writers, he was able to create a "Vodou heritage" which would have looked reasonably plausible to readers in the late s, when information on the topic was very scarce indeed -especially for monolingual English speakers.
In the 18th and early 19th century Masons and Rosicrucians traced their heritage to Egypt: after the deciphering of the Rosetta Stone and growing knowledge of Egyptian mythology, secret societies began claiming roots in "Atlantis," "Lemuria" and other conveniently sunken continents However, I might take them a step further.
How many see this tradition as a source of unsullied and primitive power, something which will free them from the taint of civilization and absolve them of their skin color?
Their efforts to "protect the faith" look suspiciously like efforts by one group of outsiders to gain the moral high ground on another. You can call it racist, you can call it incoherent, you can call it a brilliant piece of surrealism. I could make a case for all three. Posted by.
The book begins with a precious Foreword by Michel Bertiaux pp. The book ends with Appendix I pp. The process is as simple but tricky as that. The process we are talking about here must be taken with more than one grain of salt because we must never forget that the methodology we use goes to fix in the matrix into which we will move and act in our wholeness, this is a magical machine. The finitude is my singularity and the very focus of my Being.
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Early life[ edit ] Bertiaux was born in Seattle , Washington, on January 18, His father was a captain in the merchant navy and his mother was a prominent Theosophist. Bertiaux served as an Episcopalian minister in the Seattle area before traveling to Haiti in Voudon and other occult activities[ edit ] In , Bertiaux traveled to Haiti , where he was initiated into the system of Haitian Vodoun. He settled in Chicago in , where he formed among other bodies the Neo-Pythagorean Gnostic Church. There, a synthesis was purportedly developed between European gnostic-hermetic currents, being the heritage of the ancient western initiatic tradition, and Haitian metaphysics. Within the group, the O.