Voodoo and African Traditional Religion

by Lilith Dorsey

Book Cover: Voodoo and African Traditional Religion
Reclaim the Ancestral Traditions of African Religion!

In these times of intense turmoil, people of African descent are facing serious threats to their well-being. The ability of Black communities to call on the spirits and ways of their ancestors is crucial to their continued strength. Nearly 20 years have passed since the first printing of this landmark book and there is still a great need for more accurate and respectful information about ancestral beliefs that have been misrepresented, misunderstood, and maligned by popular media and the public.

Lilith Dorsey incorporates history, instruction, and practical guidance for anyone wishing to learn more about African and African American religions and magic … an excellent resource that addresses the current turn to ancient spiritual wisdom to confront some of our most pressing societal needs.”

Yvonne Chireau, Professor of Religion at Swarthmore College and author of Black Magic: Religion and the African American Conjuring Tradition

This revised and expanded edition provides a helpful introduction to the religions of the African diaspora, a guide beyond the basic tenets to the vibrant, living spirit world of their peoples, and a much-needed key to protocol and proper etiquette, while clearing up common myths about Haitian Vodou, New Orleans Voodoo, Santería (Lucumí), and other practices that stem from misconceptions about possession and sacrifice. New material includes guidance for activists to empower their work for social change with the fierceness, tenacity, and wisdom of their ancestors, as well as never-before-published recipes handed down through the generations, personal spells and charms including root magick for protection and protest, and devotional rituals you can perform yourself.

This book is like an immersion course in the rich history, culture, and spiritual offerings of traditional African religions. Lilith has not only crafted an informative and much-needed expert resource, dispelling misinformation and stigma around these sacred practices, they have also created a down-to-earth guidebook to empower readers in walking their own spiritual journey.”

Mecca Woods, Astrologer and author of Astrology for Happiness and Success

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About the Author

Lilith Dorsey, MA, resides in New Orleans, a city known worldwide for Voodoo and Hoodoo. They have a rich background in Afro-Caribbean and Native American spirituality. Lilith edited and published the Oshun-African Magickal Quarterly, filmed and produced the documentary Bodies of Water: Voodoo Identity and Tranceformation, and co-hosted the YouTube show Witchcraft & Voodoo. They were also both choreographer and performer for jazz legend Dr. John‘s Night Tripper Voodoo Show. Their traditional education focused on plant science, anthropology, and film at the University of Rhode Island, New York University, and the University of London, and their magickal training includes numerous initiations into Santería—also known as Lucumí, Haitian Vodoun, and New Orleans Voodoo. They have been a professional psychic and teacher for over three decades and are a frequent presenter at festivals and gatherings, including HexFest, WitchCon, Sirius Rising, Witch’sFest USA, New York City Pagan Pride Day, and the Earth Warriors Festival. Lilith is the author of the bestselling Orishas, Goddesses, and Voodoo Queens (Weiser, 2020), Water Magic (Llewellyn Worldwide, 2020), The African-American Ritual Cookbook (Kindle, 2012), and, of course, Voodoo and African Traditional Religion with Warlock Press (2021).