Similar Systems in Africa
Apparently, the line is unbroken. There are still practitioners in Africa with a background in traditional practice, who have expanded into what’s now called Afroscientific Spirituality. These are African scientists and intellectuals from a variety of backgrounds and fields who have studied and some teach African spirituality that is up to date and innovative while being respectful of the traditional standards. One such individual is Efe West. He’s been featured on Auset.net and Zindoki.com and now teaches his own Master Classes in African spirituality.
Other Articles on ObeahWoman.com
Crystals – an overview of various crystals and minerals used in Obeah, Kindoki, and diaspora Vodun.
More About Obeah
A list of Spirits commonly sought in Obeah, Hoodoo, and diaspora folk magic and spirituality.
Here are some other perspectives on Obeah:
A snippet on Obeah in the Bahamas by Zora Neal Hurston
Obeah and Myal – a brief description of Obeah and Myal belief systems.
House of the Divine Prince’s Voodootye’s video: What is legitimate in Hoodoo, Obeah, and Voodoo?
It’s kind of an ad, but it’s appropriately so, since one of the things that is woefully missing in the discussion of legitimacy is transparency and results.
Narratives of Obeah in Twentieth-century Anglophone West Indian Literature by Janelle Alicia Rodriques, 2016
In Jamaica and the Bahamas, Obeah and spiritual practices that can be labeled as such, are still illegal on the books. If one is caught, one can get actual prison time. This hostility is not new. It started during slavery and continues as a way to try to thought police Africans in the diaspora to disconnect them from their ancestral power.
African Magick and Mysticism
Zindoki.com – very easy, basic spells, protections, and instructions for African and diaspora witches.
My Personal List of Must-read Books
The Greek Magical Papyri In Translation Including the Demotic Spells edited by Hans Dieter Betz
The best translation of a collection of magical papyri from the Greco-Egyptian period. It is an amazing collection of spells, recipes, and prayers to various deities of the region. If you’ve been doing heritage Obeah, you will find a lot of it uncannily familiar. Do not try anything in this book if you are not daily observant and experienced enough in substitutions and offerings/sacrifice to know what the equivalents would be. Also beware of codes and traps. If you are an adept and experienced sorcerer though, this book will give you much joy and inspiration, new ideas, and “tightening up” of practices that suffered from too much vagueness.
The Leyden Papyrus edited by F. Ll. Griffith & Herbert Thompson
Translation of a collection of papyri dating from the 3rd century A.D. It is called the 8th Book or Moses although it is quite different from the Sixth and Seventh Books of Moses. Quite different.
Again, don’t try the spells in this book unless you are observant and ready to follow through.
If you will be incorporating any Jewish, early Christian, or early Islamic mysticism into your practice, it is important to understand the abrahamic pantheon in the proper historical context as a development on the Canaanite pantheon as opposed to an invader religion. For this, the Books of Enoch are extremely helpful and important. It’s the “missing link”.