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African American lodge-oriented magic

To: alt.magick,alt.pagan.magick,alt.lucky.w,alt.religion.orisha,alt.wiccan,alt.magick.tyagi,alt.magick.folk
From: (Stephen C. Wehmeyer)
Subject: Re: African American lodge-oriented magic
Date: Sun, 1 Jun 1997 15:41:48

In article
 (Eoghan Craig Ballard) writes:

>I don't pretend to know anything about Gamache other than having seen some
>of his titles in shops. I have not read his works because they don't
>reflect my specific interests, which is of course only a comment about my
>interests and not his worth. I would however like to hazard a guess that
>he may well have either come from Trinidad or had some contacts there. It
>was for a while under French influence, and more to the point there is a
>significant integration of Hinduism and Orisha worship to be noticed in
>contemporary Shango as practiced in Trinidad.
>Further, Cabalism, as filtered through "European High Ceremonial magic" is
>also practiced there. Houck depicts Cabalism as occupying, although he
>doesn't comment upon or develop this idea to any extent, the same sort of
>subaltern relationship to Orisha worship as Las Reglas de Congo has with
>Santeria or Kimbanda has with Umbanda and Candomble. 

 IMHO, it's more likely that Gamache is either influenced by 
DeLawrence and the _Great Book of Magical Art, Hindoo Magic, and Indian 
Occultism_  or by similar post-theosophical ideas which privilege the Orient 
as the source of spiritual power.    By way of example, Hyatt's various 
conjure doctors  [interviewed in _Hoodoo, Conjuration, Witchcraft, and 
Rootwork_) also had access to Hinduism, Cabala, etc.  filtered through writers 
like DeLawrence here in the continental U.S. 

-- Steve

Stephen C. Wehmeyer, M.A.
UCLA Folklore and Mythology Program

-- Steve   

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