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Black Colour Problem - Why?

To: alt.religion.orisha,alt.magick,alt.magick.folk,soc.culture.haiti,alt.pagan
From: (Mambo Racine Sans Bout)
Subject: Re: Black Colour Problem -  Why? (was: Black Cat Bones in Magic and Religion (was roots)
Date: 29 Apr 2002 09:54:21 -0700

>  wrote in message
> > I am not only uncomfortable about the subject of killing
> > black-coloured animals for some alleged magickal purpose, but it
> > simply turns me off.

Well, now, hold on a minute.

In Vodou we sacrifice animals, there is no two ways about that.  Not
all ceremonies require it, but for those that do, we sacrifice
animals.  Sometimes we are not required to, but we do so anyway, for
the dual purpose of pleasing the lwa and feeding the congregation.

The animals are chosen according to color and sex.  La Sirene would be
given a white female goat, and we even dye the goat blue with laundry
bluing sometimes.  Erzulie Dantor's sacrifice is a black female pig,
and no other color pig will do.  Baron is given black ram goats,
Carrefour is given a black rooster.

This has nothing to do with bigotry against black people, or with the
equation of "black" with "evil" - that sort of mentality doesn't exist
in Vodou.

Peace and love,

Bon Mambo Racine Sans Bout Sa Te La Daginen

"Se bon ki ra" - Good is rare
     Haitian proverb

The VODOU Page -

(Posting from Jacmel, Haiti)

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