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MamboSam

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Hello everyone, just wanted to make sure that everyone saw this great post by Sister Bridget!
An amazing take on ancestor service!

http://voodooboutique.typepad.com/bridget/2014/07/a-new-look-at-ancestor-service-.html#
Thanks, Sister B. [wave]

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I just love this idea and this pic!! One of the things that drew me to voodoo in the first place was the emphasis given to our ancestors. As a lifelong visitor to the graveyard ( my Grammy Doris used to take me along when she tended to the manyfamily plots.),  I have always been kind of saddened and confused by the American tendency to avoid death and treat it as a "hush-hush" subject.

I think this was a really beautiful way to celebrate that young boy's life, and the right person ( the one and only Sister B.) happened to see it...because, really, death is just another part of life's journey...one we all must take. ( yeah Gandalf the White said that, not me.)

Seriously though, I feel so much comfort & joy that i can still connect with my departed loved ones & that it is accepted & encouraged by the Spellmaker family. In the throes of loss, I feel it takes alot of wisdom to see  beauty in death. But this party site absolutely shows that this child's loved ones did just that. Good for him..and for them!


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Thank you, Pink Lady! [thumb]

Your belief system is so right.  Sometimes people ask me why in Haiti, where most people have literally nothing, they still choose to believe in Vodou and practice it.  I asked that same question IN Haiti to several Haitians.  The answer was always some version of the same thing, "this life we live now, this is the illusion, death is the reality and that is what we must prepare for."  And that is not to say that they don't have a zest for life!  They do!  But they are also very aware of the finite time we have on this earth and the fact that no one knows how long that will be - so ancestors, death, and preparation for death are very important to them.  And not at all hush-hush!  The celebration of both among them is poignant and beautiful.

Thanks for your post!



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