Some notes of interest?
hoodoo
diosadelmar
Hey y'all!

I am currently sending myself all these files that I had used to translate the adimu and the Red Book of Pomba-Gira. They are all on CD(courtesy of the lovely abafe, thank you!), but I have a netbook and I am sans external drive for CDs and DVDs. So I am sending them to myself from the library, and hopefully I can get back to translating soon.

I talked to my BFF, who is a whiz in the kitchen, about the last post's recipe for Ezili Danto; she said that pork fried in such little oil would probably have a good flavor if the tomato sauce was added right in. So go ahead and plop it in there! I would make it today if I could.

I'll leave you with a blessing, from some Hyatt material:

TO BRING BLESSINGS INTO YOUR HOME


ON A PIECE OF LIGHTNING-STRUCK WOOD
AS LONG AS YOUR HAND AND AN INCH OR SO WIDE,
WRITE EVERY GOOD THING THAT YOU WISH TO BRING INTO
YOUR LIFE AND HOME.
WRITE THESE THINGS WITH BLACK INK.
CONCEAL THIS PIECE OF WOOD
UP ABOVE YOUR FRONT DOOR,
WHERE NOBODY WILL INTERFERE WITH IT.


Take a lightnin'-struck tree. Yo' git a splinter offa dat jest about as long as yore han' an' be sure it's kinda broad - jes' prob'bly about a inch broad.
Yo' write on it - yo' take yo' an ink pencil usin' black ink an' yo' inscribe on dat jes' de kinda luck dat yo' want to be in yore home. Yo' want peace - seems like yo' always gittin' tough, yo' want peace. Yo' wants tuh gain mo' money or yo' wants to be lucky in all yore undertakings.
An' den when yo' git dat wrote down wit dat black ink - be sure it's black ink - yo' conceal dat above yore do' where no one won't interfere wit it at all. Dat brings good luck.

[Waycross, GA; Informant # 1125 (Contact man Edwards's landlady);
Cylinder C235:4-C250: 1 = 1816-1831, and C384:1-C392: 5 = 1965-1973]

Getting closer to the lwa
danto
diosadelmar
Here's a message board post in which an Houngan writes about how to get closer and work well with the lwa:

Scroll down after the giant reply field.

This was a really good find for me since the only lwa I serve are Ezili Freda and Ezili Danto. I'm going to post some recipes for them, to fatten up this post! ;) The recipes are from Idana Fun Orisa, by John Mason. Ok book, but it could have benefited from a better typeface...plus I don't know if John Mason had ever read a cookbook prior to writing this, so I'll edit it so that it flows better.

Manje Griyo (fried pork for Ezili Danto)
Ingredients
1 lb boneless pork
3 Tbsp tomato sauce
1 Tbsp cooking oil
1 tsp vinegar
1/4 tsp each of red pepper, black pepper, and salt

Wash and cube pork. Season with salt and red and black peppers. Fry pork in oil.(The directions here call for the tomato sauce to be just added to the pan; I would maybe drain the oil first, but there's so little in the first place that I'm not sure if it matters. When I get the chance to make it, I'll let you know.)Add tomato sauce and cook until done. Serve hot.

There is no recipe in this book specifically for Ezili Freda, but there is a rice pudding recipe that can be offered to any lwa:

Rice Pudding
Ingredients
1 1/2 c. water
1 c. white rice
1 c. evaporated milk
2 Tbsp. sugar
1/4 tsp. salt

Bring rice and water to a boil over high heat. Reduce heat; add remaining ingredients and cook over low flame until done.(This will probably be about half an hour, I'm guessing; done is when the rice has absorbed most of the liquid and taken on a pudding-like consistency.)

Happy cooking!

xo
Mari
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Eske ou ka ede nou, souple?
danto
diosadelmar
I'm going to have to start paying attention to the news, because this happened and I found out via Facebook and I feel ashamed of myself. That's what I get for being a hermit...

My prayers and thoughts are with the people of Haiti and the Dominican Republic tonight.

Here is a list of relief organizations that are helping out in Haiti:
http://northshorejournal.org/haiti-earthquake-relief

Here is a link to the New York Times' news blog about the disaster:
http://thelede.blogs.nytimes.com/2010/01/12/gleaning-information-from-haiti-online/

I hope that the situation is better soon...I know that it will take time...but it's so sad.

Crossroads Man
yemaya
diosadelmar
I was on my way to the library and I'm turning the corner and I hear, "HEY, GIRL!", and I look around but I don't see anyone.

And then here he comes. He stands at the crossroads and waits for me to acknowledge him. He is wearing two jackets and asks me if I need one. He says he's the Sheriff of Duval now. And that Tommy sent him down here.

"Baby girl, I need a favor. I need a cigar."

I tell him I don't have a cigar. He asks for a quarter. I don't have a quarter but I have twenty-five cents. The man tells me he loves me and then he is gone.

For some reason, it renews my faith.

It's been a year!
yemaya
diosadelmar
Why hello there everyone! I honestly forgot this journal existed. I moved, and then I had no internet, and no computer. But now I have a computer and the internet and I am resurrecting my darling spiritual journal. Like Lazarus, it rises from the grave! This is very exciting. I hope that I can keep this updated properly with more fun things and some notes of spiritual import.

Happy 2010!

xo
Mari

An Offering to Eshu
yemaya
diosadelmar
Since Eshu is my Valentine I figured I would give y'all this quick offering for love. It is in my little adimu book that betotronic was so kind to send me.

-To obtain love.
Bathe in water mixed with green coconut water for seven days.

That was easy wasn't it? I might be back with some Hyatt spells later on when I am not so tired. I translated some more offerings tonight but I was not up for another chapter of Pomba-Gira. Those things take forever! But don't fear, I have three already written out in my little notebook. I think I will post one later, because who is better for Valentine's Day than Pomba-Gira?


Vinha caminhando a pé
Para ver se encontrava
A minha Cigana de fé...
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So pretty!
yemaya
diosadelmar


I found this mini-shrine while I was surfing Flickr. I love it!
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Secrets of the...Suras?
islam
diosadelmar
Salaamz y'all. I am half Persian, did you know? Like the cat, meow! Therefore, even though I was raised a boring ol' Methodist, I still have in my heart Islam. I love it but I don't know if it loves me back, what with all the Other Gods I worship.

But a few years back I found this great piece of information:
http://tinyurl.com/burjl8
That is a link to an HTML document called 'Benefits of Certain Suras'. You never knew Islam could be so magical, did you? It reads to me kind of like 'Secrets of the Psalms'. (I keep misspelling it as 'Pslams', does anyone else do that?)

I'll add some of my favorites here so you can check it out. I love it.

Surah Hud

Imam Ja’far as-Sadiq (a.s.) has said that writing this surah on a sheepskin and keeping it in one’s possession at all times makes one so courageous and bold that nobody can defeat him in combat. Whoever sees him will be filled with fear.

Surah an-Nahl (The Bee)

Imam Ja’far as-Sadiq (a.s.) has said that whoever recites surah an-Nahl once every month, he will be safe from 70 types of diseases and will be from among the people of Jannah. This surah should, however, under no circumstance be written and kept in the house or garden as it may have harmful effects. Imam Sadiq (a.s.) has said that if kept in a house or garden, it will soon be destroyed. Indeed this is a weapon that one is only allowed to use against an evil person who is the enemy of Islam.

This next one is my favorite and by far the most important if you ask me!:

Surah Maryam

There are 99 ayaat in this ‘makki’ surah. It is written in the commentary of Majma’ul Bayan that the reward for reciting this surah is equal to ten times the number of people present at the time of Prophet Zakariyyah (a.s.), Yahya (a.s.), Isa (a.s.), Musa (a.s.), Ishaq (a.s.), Harun (a.s.), Ibrahim (a.s.), Ya’qub (a.s.) and Isma’il (a.s.) combined.

Keeping this surah (written) in the house ensures protection from thieves and Allah (s.w.t.) blesses the occupants of the house. It is also narrated that before going in the presence of a tyrant ruler, if a person recites ‘Kaf-Ha-Ya-’Ain-Saad’ and closed, with each letter, one finger of his right hand, and then recites ‘Ha-Mim-‘Ain-Seen-Qaaf’ and with each letter, closes one finger of his left hand; and then he comes in the presence of the tyrant and recites ‘wa ‘anatil wujuhu lil hayyil qayyum wa khaaba man hamala dhulma’ and then he opens his fingers, he will be protected from the evil of the tyrant.

Get married:

Surah Taha

If a girl is not getting married and she wishes to get married, she should take ghusl (bath) with water in which this surah has been dissolved and by the will of Allah (s.w.t.) she will get married.

If a man wishes to get married, he should write verses 131 and 132 of this surah with saffron and then wear it as a talisman and InshaAllah his proposal will be accepted.




Red Book of Pomba Gira, coming soon! Stay tuned.
xo
Mari
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Spells for luck!
yemaya
diosadelmar
Oh Hyatt spells, how I love them! One day I too shall possess these beautiful tomes. Until then, there is always the internet. Oh the internet, how I love it!

SALT IN RIGHT SHOE AND UNDER BED TO CHANGE LUCK
9524. And he [root doctor] told me to wear salt in my right shoe and
take a little salt and sprinkle up under the bed every day. He say it
would change your luck.
[Wilmington, N. Car., (262), 258:3.]

That is all well and good. I myself am a fan of Weirder Things so here's one for you:

WEAR LEG OF FROG IN POCKET FOR ANY KIND OF LUCK
9971. If yo' git de laig of a frog an' weah it in yore pocket, dey say
yo'll always be a lucky person. (That's lucky for anything?) Yes.
[Fayetteville, N.Car., (1426), 2572:18.]

Hahahahahahahah ewwwwwwww.

4 WHITE CANDLES & SULPHUR FOR LUCK
10190. Burn candles fo' luck. You take the candle, an' put it in each
of the four corners of your house an' on that you sprinkle a little of
that sulphur. As ah said, sprinkle a little sulphur on it, and in a few
minutes that sulphur will be burned away, but that atmosphere is still
there. You light each one of those candles and burn them, and while
those candles are burning you says your prayers, an' that create luck in
youre house that way. (What kind of luck do they do that for?) Any kind
of luck. (What color candle did you say to use?) Jest a plain white
candle. (Do you burn them at any special time?) Twelve 'clock at night.
You get more results out of those things at that time of night.
[St. Petersburg, Fla., (1025), 1662:2.]

A little sulphur, y'all. Or sulfur. You can spell it either way. Anyway, if you should get it in your mind to do this, a little little bit, cause sulphur will burn toxic.

Here is another one that is easy peasy:

3 INGREDIENTS: SUGAR - CINNAMON - SALTPETER
WITH CANDLE - FOR LUCK
10197. Yo' kin take candles if yo' want luck in yore house. Yo' kin take
it an' burn it, burn it at de length of time, wit chure saltpetah an'
some cinnamon an' sugar. Dat will bring yuh luck. (Where do you put
these ingredients?) In a saucer an' den put chure candle on top of it.
[Or fix candle in center and ingredients around it.]
[New Orleans, La., (1558), 2835:4.]

Well that one is so easy I might go do it now! I think I might be out of white candles, though. One thing I miss about New York is being able to walk down the street to the Jewish grocery store and buy the jumbo box of Rokeach candles for $4. Now that is a deal, y'all. Here we have maybe all of three Jews and you can only buy the little boxes.

Sometimes people complain to me about having to read the dialect in these spells. It always confuses me, because I am so used to reading dialect that I don't even notice it anymore.

Hope you get lucky!
xo
Mari
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Behold!
yemaya
diosadelmar
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xo
Mari

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