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#3571: "culture vulturism" : Grey replies to DeGraff and other matters
De Graff, and list members, I have made more than one response to De Graff
which, although they contained no bad language or personal slurs, were not
posted to the list but instead forwarded to De Graff by the moderator. I see
no point in continuing a public discussion if only one side is public,
although I trust and respect the judgement of our worthy moderator.
I would like to point out that despite De Graff's kind invitation that I
consider attending the Creole Institute, I was in fact invited to *teach*
there some time ago, and also served as a Creole instructor to members of the
UN/OAS Joint Civilian Mission in Haiti. On the basis of that and other work,
I was invited to apply for, and was selected for, the position of Human
I would like to point out a few more instances of REAL "culture vulturism"
There is a woman named "Tessa" who says she is a "witch" and who has a web
page at http://members.tripod.com/~Tessmoonbeam/. She is offering "VooDoo
Lessons" for $30, on a related site at
http://www.egroups.com/group/Tessa_VooDoo_Class. The description of her
class reads in part:
<<This class will deal with the true VooDoo.The good and bad
side.Some of the info you recieve might be dark, so be sure you
really wish to join.There will be spells and all aspects of VooDoo...
You will recieve a diploma once you've completed the course... Some
of the content you will see is rather dark... So if you wish to know
the true path of VooDoo please join me and my other students.>>
Again, we have a certain "El Brujo Negro" with a page at
http://www.geocities.com/Athens/Parthenon/3203/igosvmc.html. This individual
offers, in part:
<<Voodoo Magic is often called Hoodeaux (French; commonly spelled Hoodoo in
the Southern United States) which is actually root work or that of the realm
of the Bokor, the dreaded Voodoo Sorcerer. The Bokors would instead pay the
Spirits for their assistance and not worship them as others do thus the
religious elements of Voodoo are left out of this course...
Only 7 Lessons!
Each lesson is a step by step process on learning to contact the individual
* Learn the modern ways of bloodless sacrifice!
* Create powerful talismans using Vevers for your needs!
* Learn to work with the 10 Voodoo Family Spirits!
* Learn how to work with a simple system of Divination called Sortilege!
* Test yourself at the end of the lesson and review with open book quizzes!
* Learn about Root Work and down home Conjure methods using Gris-Gris bags!
* All this and more in only "7" Lessons!!!>>
Now, de Graff and others, I ask you, is this what you want as the future of
Haitian Vodou? I, and other legitimate, authentic, correctly initiated and
ordained Houngans and Mambos will continue to speak out against those who
defame and deform the Haitian Vodou tradition, whether it is by claiming to
be able to cure AIDS meanwhile sexually harassing female initiates, or
whether it is by making racist proclamations meanwhile misrepresenting and
misspelling the lwa and faking ridiculous possessions which would not be
regarded as authentic anywhere in Haiti, or whether it is by pretending to be
competent to sell "VooDoo Lessons" about "dark content" and "dreaded bokors"!
The Vodou is an asset to Haiti and to Vodouisants, and I predict that it may
indeed carry Haiti forward in the same way that the Rastafari put Jamaica on
the map in the 1980's. The language barrier may impede this, and there is not
yet a charismatic figure like Bob Marley coming forward in Haitian
Vodou-oriented music, but it would not surprise me a bit if that day will
In the meanwhile, de Graff, let me put one more URL before you:
This is the personal page of a Haitian Houngan. Perhaps you won't like the
way he spells his name either, but de Graff, nou pa achte figi moun.
Peace and love,
Bon Mambo Racine Sans Bout Sa Te La Daginen
"Se bon ki ra",
Good is rare - Haitian Proverb
The VODOU Page - <A HREF="http://members.aol.com/racine125/index.html">http://