Celebrating the voodun New Year
Trip Start Jun 03, 2003
9Trip End Jun 01, 2005
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Met by Dah, the son of the voodoo chief and a traditional healer, I was brought to a ceremony in which people, all dressed in white, prayed and made offerings to the gods and to their ancestors for a safe new year.
Interestingly, it is said that the white is worn due to the proximity of the holiday to the winter solstace. After this day, days grow longer and longer, thus it is sign of light. In addition, the white symbolizes the cult of mamiwata (the gods of water) worshippers.
In the center of the room was a pool of water around which money and bottles of alcohol were offered as sacrifices to the gods
At one point, we went outside to call all the spirits of the world into the building. Then we prayed to send away all the bad ones. In the end, the ceremony was to bring blessings to all present in the new year.
After the ceremony, we ate lunch with the voodoo chief and his son. We also went to the ancestors house, a house kept especially for ancestors, where the chiefs son, the traditional healer, performed divinations ie: told peoples fortunes.
I asked two questions, only one of which I will share here and vaguely at that. I asked about my future, a certain situation --oh-- and it could be anyone,anything alas... Dah told me that it is not fate that we I should do this thing, but that it is in my power to make it my fate.
But, does one force destiny?
And thus begins another year of trusting the universe instead.