DannyL:Gatekeeper figures, such as Exu or Legba, I know they are spoken to before contact with other spirits. Does this include spirits of your own ancestors? My understanding is that you don't have to do this as your ancestors literally are part of you, so the connection is already very strong.
influenced by both Team Norse and the Afro-Diasporic traditions, which I understand to be true of Kenaz, but I'm not positive
Joshua Chance: Dream contact is pretty big with this stuff, you know you're on the track when you start going to Haiti or elsewhere and talk with not only Loa or Orisha but with followers you have yet to meet in person
PrincessIf there is a Legba, the Legba and my Legba, how do these three things interact? I've seen people write about their own individual spirit x and a generic spirit x. What's the relationships between these entities?
Gef:I'm also curious to know whether people feel that the practice of animal sacrifice could be substituted by the practice of giving offerings (food/drink).
Gypsy Lantern:What winds me up the most is when people get squeamish and delicate around the idea of animal sacrifice - but will quite happily tuck into a meat feast pizza covered in assorted scraps of horror flayed from the bones of tormented beasts that suffered appalling conditions in a murder factory their whole lives. What's the most ugly? That, or the Voodoo Priest who raises livestock for food anyway, but dedicates a certain animal to the Divine, lovingly cares for it from birth as a future offering to the Gods, and then humanely sacrifices it in a religious ceremony, later cooking it and sharing it with the community of celebrants?
Mordant Carnival:I mean seriously--unless you are an organic vegan, you walk everywhere in your sisal-rope sandals, and you live in a solar-powered yurt on a commune somewhere--do not even THINK about criticising animal sacrifice.
Gypsy Lantern:Sometimes the Lwa eat stuff that I don't really eat, so I'll cook it for them. It's not considered an unnecessary waste of life as the Lwa are thought of as beings that need to eat just as we do.
Evan: an article in today's (Florida) Sun Sentinel about young Haitian-Americans reconnecting with Vodou.
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