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African American lodge-oriented magic

To: alt.magick,alt.pagan.magick,alt.lucky.w,alt.religion.orisha,alt.wiccan,alt.magick.tyagi,alt.magick.folk
From: (Eoghan Craig Ballard)
Subject: Re: African American lodge-oriented magic
Date: Mon, 26 May 1997 09:55:21 -0500

In article , (Stephen C.
Wehmeyer) wrote:

> Of course, anything by or about P.B. Randolph and the Hermetic Brotherhood of 
> Luxor (mid 19th century -- Chicago[?]), is relevant to this discussion.  In 
> fact, a recently published encyclopedic work dealing with the history of the 
> HBL seems to sew up most of the loose ends vis a vis the order's relationship 
> to the modern American Spiritualist movement.  Unfortunately... the title and 
> authors are not at the moment on the tip of my tongue.  I'll post full 
> bibliographic data soon...
> Ache omo Osanyin,
> Stephen C. Wehmeyer, M.A.
> UCLA Folklore and Mythology Program  

On a related note, I would point out (as I'm sure you're aware) references
to Freemasonry in David Cosentino's book on Rhe Art of Haitian Voudou, and
moving slightly further afield, Houk's book on Shango in Trinidad and
Tobago deals somewhat with the presense of Kabbalistic ceremonial magic
there. This latter most likely has been influenced by North American Black
Freemasonry. Not having been overly concerned with that aspect of the
text, I can only observe that among the members of the Shango religion
(which in keeping with various contemporary political ideologies has by
some been renamed Orisha religion) Kabbalism seems to occupy the same
subaltern position that Palo Moyombe occupies in Cuba.

If you will forgive my beating an all-too-familiar drum at this point,
this underscores my point that none of these traditions are "pure"
anything. Their strengths lie in the creative adaptation of resources and
technologies from spiritual traditions of every origin and hue. Purity of
spirit should be an ideal to seek, "purity" of a tradition is a
distraction, not to mention an abstraction.

By the way Stephen, I haven't been here all that long, but I haven't seen
you post here before. If you're new, welcome aboard, if not, forgive the
relatively 'new kid on the block' for his ignorance.

Eoghan C. Ballard, M.A.
Dept. of Folklore & Folklife 
University of Pennsylvania

Trickster can throw a rock tomorrow and hit the chicken yesterday!

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