Orishas, Goddesses, and Voodoo Queens: The Divine Feminine in the African Religious Traditions
An inspiring exploration of the goddesses of the West African spiritual traditions and their role in shaping Yoruba (Ifa), Santeria, Haitian Vodoun, and New Orleans Voodoo.
Throughout Africa and beyond in the diaspora caused by the slave trade, the divine feminine was revered in the forms of goddesses like the ancient Nana Buluku, water spirits like Yemaya, Oshun, and Mami Wata, and the warrior Oya. The power of these goddesses and spirit beings has taken root in the West. New Orleans, for example, is the home of Marie Laveau, who used her magical powers to become the "Voodoo Queen" of New Orleans.
Orishas, Goddesses, and Voodoo Queens shows you how to celebrate and cultivate the traits of these goddesses, drawing upon their strengths to empower your own life. In addition to offering a guided tour of the key goddesses of the African religious traditions, the book offers magical spells, rituals, potions, astrological correspondences, sacred offerings, and much more to help guide you on your own transformational journey.
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"Orishas, Goddesses and Voodoo Queens is a one of a kind book and a must-have, a truly unique piece of work that has arrived at a crucial time." --Witchdoctor Utu, author of Conjuring Harriet "Mama Moses" Tubman and the Spirits of the Underground Railroad.--Denise Alvarado "Review"
"In Orishas, Goddesses and Voodoo Queens, Lilith Dorsey has created a long-overdue, welcome, and helpful guide for all of those interested in goddess, lwa and orisha work. . . This book not only aids in the understanding of the Divinely Feminine of the Motherland and African Diaspora, but it also helps us interact through herbal connections, rituals, altars, prayers and invocations, storytelling, special food recipes, and so much more" -Stephanie Rose Bird, author of Sticks, Stones, Roots and Bones--Stephanie Rose Bird
"In Orishas, Goddesses, and Voodoo Queens, Lilith Dorsey takes readers on an exploratory journey of a beautiful religious current, examining its history, evolution, and even its most complex and uncomfortable aspects, such as slavery, syncretism, and cultural prejudices. The book also includes the most curious recipes and interesting anecdotes, all summed up in one accessible read." --Elhoim Leafar, author of The Magical Art of Crafting Charm Bags.--Elhoim Leafar
"Lilith Dorsey writes from her heart and from the heart of her devoted service as a priestess of the Divine Feminine. While she encourages her readers to seek a "House" and trustworthy mentor with whom to seek initiation, she also gives clear instructions and suggestions for ritual practices that anyone can use to experience these beautiful African goddesses and spirits. I'm sure her words will inspire new generations of seekers and priestesses who are exploring their own paths to spirituality."--Sallie Ann Glassman, author of Vodou Visions: An Encounter with Divine Mystery.--Sallie Ann Glassman
"Applying what resonates most with self on one's spiritual journey is what has worked for me over the years. Lilith Dorsey has created a divine companion Orishas, Goddesses, and Voodoo Queens for seekers to turn to in their practices. Dive into this treasure chest of a book and learn various gems including spells, rituals, and incantations." -- Riva Nyri Précil, artist, dancer, songstress, and author of Anaëlle ak Lasirèn.
--Riva Nyri Precil