Is there a rational explanation for them? Brought together in the crucible of the sugar plantation, Caribbean peoples drew on the variants of Christianity brought by European colonizers, as well as on African religious and healing traditions and the remnants of Amerindian practices, to fashion new systems of belief. They claimed that Obeah men stole people's shadows, and they set themselves up as the helpers of those who wished to have their shadows restored. Laws are still on the books in Jamaica, Trinidad, Barbados, and other island countries against witchcraft and specifically Obeah. The most obvious are the pyramids. Every Obayifo has contact with two spirits, one an evil spirit and the other a neutral spirit. The Obayifo were individuals believed to have special access to powers and secret knowledge. An inverted triangle; the alchemical symbol of water.
You can almost feel the fire emanating from the words on the pages and the crackle of power with each turn of the page. After discussing the historical roots, cosmology, and major spirits and deities of Obeah, the book focuses in on what Obeah actually is--a spiritual potency and power that is used to fuel healing and malefica through the powers and world of Sasabonsam, Papa Bones, and Anima Sola. This was a form of bush medicine and was often very effective. Maroon oral traditions discuss her feats of science in rich detail. Up until half way through, I was engrossed in this book. Lewis and others often characterized the women they accused of poisonings as being manipulated by Obeahmen, who they contended actually provided the women with the materials for poisonings.
Slave owners knew that to mistreat a royal slave was to ask for a rebellion. By contrast, the moko-jumbie of Trinidad and Tobago is brightly colored, dances in the daylight, and is very much alive. Many Ashanti remedies are being rediscovered today by Western scientists to successfully treat disease. Not all would be telling the truth. Melody must step far outside her comfort zone in the suburbs of North Carolina to fulfill this dying wish. It is true that Obeah, linguistically, is Jamaican Patois. Obeah is one of the many Jamaican traditions rooted in our West African ancestry.
A balmyard name given to the place where Obeah-men or balmists carry out their activities can usually be distinguished by one or more brightly coloured flags on the compound. It was the historian and biographer Dr. It is the synthesis of Egyptian and Hebrew magic, with a heavy emphasis on the latter, that lead to the development of a practical Kabbalah for casting spells. This article is about West Indian religion and magic. They brought old occult secrets that had been kept alive in Secret Societies. Many of these men and women would become freed persons.
Nonetheless, the historical records of Jamaica have recorded hundreds of court cases involving men and women, black and white, for practicing Obeah. The Book of Obeah quickly set some of my prior conceptions on their ears. They are phallic in nature and emphasize a masculine power. They had been defeated by neighboring kingdoms after prolonged military campaigns. The Hebrew Roots of Obeah Hebrew magic, specifically the Kabbalah, also Qabalah, has taken a branched road that would re-converge in modern Obeah. They explain the nature of the spirits, the hidden world and how exactly spells work.
The early Myal-men and Obeah-men women too, in both cases were patronized by both whites and blacks. The neighbors of the Ashanti were the Dahomey and Fon groups, the ethnic keepers of Vodou in Africa and the Haitian diaspora. European colonists and traders were terrified of entering Asanteman forests alone — the Sasabonsam would be summoned by the Obayifo to snatch intruders into the trees. The first road went forth from Egypt into the area of the Hebrew Kingdoms. Exuma, notable musician and Obeah man, was also invited by Manley to play in Jamaica under his patronage at the National Arena. As a result, Vodou has been practiced openly and proudly in Haiti while other African traditions, such as Obeah, have been keep in the shadows in the Jamaica and Trinidad.
There is historical and archaeological evidence to indicate that Hebrew Kabbalah spread throughout portions of the African continent. In these parts, the prophet and poet in steps forth as he manages to capture something that is nearly beyond words and it becomes evident to the reader that not only is he an author, but he writes under direct guidance and inspiration from the spirits themselves. They are the reflective faces of a diamond. I hope that you find something valuable to you here. In the Trinidad and Tobago Obeah tradition. The Second Hebrew Path to Obeah Hebrew mysticism and magic also moved West into Rome.
They are also objects that can be duplicated in any scale to cause spiritual effects. Approach this tradition with respect and honor the heeding within the book and you'll find something powerful opening up by reading. Despite embracing Christian principles, for many people the Jamaican traditions and beliefs that originated in Africa are too strong to resist. None is a Bible directly from God; they are merely collections of occult material that have proven mostly effective and useful in the practice of Obeah throughout history. Indentation was haphazard, and while not making the book impossible to read, it was annoying. Their characteristic dancing and drumming seem able to invoke strange states of mind in which almost anything is possible.
And the dynamic fire at the center of Obeah along with its ability to work with powerful spirits of nature and night strike a chord with a Palero and Quimbandiero alike. Others are metaphysical and theoretical. Sandra Carrington-Smith brings a unique perspective and knowledge to her writing. The text covers magical symbols, spell casting, charms, black magic, necromancy, Tarot and more. However, this did not stop the slave trade. This seemed to be mostly where the author's talent lies, rather than character development. Many statements can describe Obeah but all will only touch upon small facets.
They are the tried and true occult secrets used by King Solomon. European slave traders usually knew of a special status slave and acted accordingly. This Caribbean magical tradition strikes fear into the hearts of many. Lewis, Journal of a West India Proprietor, 1815-1817, Edited with an introduction by Mona Wilson London: G. The European Occult Renaissance and its Influence on Obeah It was not only the African population that brought occult secrets to the New World. But, and it almost pains me to write this as I loved learning about it, the plunge turned into something much more extensive. Melody learns that a different perspective can indeed change your perception of reality.